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October 7, 2018 - From the Beginning of Creation...

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

It is not uncommon for me to receive calls about troubled domestic life. Sometimes these calls are about children, but most of the time, it is about a troubled marriage. I am not a professional counselor, hence, most of the time, after initial conversation, and some spiritual guidance, I point them out in the right direction for help. On the other hand, for every couple that encounters marital discontent, I know another family that is blissfully happy. I am sure you too know families that both have marital discontent and those that are content. In reality, there are no perfect families and there are no perfect marriages.  Most of the time bliss is experienced amidst imperfections, and imperfections amidst bliss. What shall we say about families, since, the liturgy compels us to reflect on marriage and divorce?   

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October 6, 2018 - Blazes & Cairns

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

People who know me would agree that I am easy to sidetrack.  Students and friends know that I am one derailed train of thought away from twenty minutes of tangential, and likely trivial, conversation.  This tendency sheds light on my affinity for blazes.  I don’t mean fires, I mean trail markers.  I love that purple square painted on a tree or the cairn (small pile of rocks) that guides your hike through the wilderness.  It is these trail markers that keep you on track.  They are a sign reminding us how we got here, where we are going, and why we are on this journey in the first place.

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October 5, 2018 - What We Don't Know

Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Won't hurt us? Will kill us? Would fill a bucket? 

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October 4, 2018 - A Humble Response to the Face of God

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Scripture Readings

All week we have been hearing the familiar story of Job – the one who loses everything and calls upon God for answers. God’s answer to Job is a three chapter long an assertion of His power over everything, which illustrates how God’s ways are not the ways of humanity. In today’s first reading we see Job’s response to God’s speech. Let us note the profound humility with which Job responds to God. Confronted with the utter majesty of God, Job realizes that he does not know and cannot do all that God knows and does, therefore he respectfully withdraws his challenges to God (Jb 42:2-6).

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October 3, 2018 - More of You, Less of You

Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Feeling that God is on your side is easy when things are going well.  When life seems to be one difficulty after another God’s loving support seems not so clear.  Still we are reminded in the readings that we are to follow the Lord completely, even when the going gets tough.  The dialogue in Job goes back and forth between understanding God’s power and then asking the question is it wise to challenge God’s wisdom.  This discourse is a response to Job’s friend Bildad who says that God is a God of knowledge whose justice is fair.  For Job who has lost much, and yet has a clear conscience, God’s justice feels more like divine anger.  Job’s suffering feels not as a “just” reward for sin, but more as a recipient of an arbitrary allocation of God’s power.  Job realizes that the person (God) to whom he wishes to complain may in fact be responsible for his pain.  Job’s catch twenty-two leaves him feeling powerless.

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