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October 2, 2018 - Part of the Mystery

Memorial of the Guardian Angels

Scripture Readings

Do you believe in angels? What about guardian angels? We’ve probably all heard stories of people having “close calls” and “near misses” which one may attribute to the work of their guardian angels. But we’ve also heard (or said) “his/her guardian angel must have been sleeping that day.” We may make light of it, but today’s readings and memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels gives us reason to pause and consider serious questions.

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October 1, 2018 - Believing in God's Love

Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

Today’s first reading about Job reminded me of a book that I recently read.  The book (“Everything Happens for a Reason and other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler) is about a 35 year old married mother who finds out that she has stage 4 colon cancer. Kate (the author) was raised as an evangelical Christian whose faith was heavily influenced by the prosperity gospel mindset-a belief held by some Christians which asserts that by having a strong faith, God will deliver security and prosperity. Kate tries to come to grips with her devastating diagnosis through the eyes of faith. Even though Kate had been taught that if she had great faith all would be well, in the end what she realizes is that God’s love and His presence in the suffering are truly what provides hope for the journey.

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September 30, 2018 - With Great Riches Come Great Responsibilities

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Who is the richest person in the world today? It’s Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Whole Foods fame. His net worth is more than $164 billion. Recently, he made news when he created a $2 billion fund to help the homeless and set up a network of schools. Jeff Bezos has often been criticized for taking a back seat on philanthropy. So when he made news with his new philanthropy, there were skeptical reactions. Imagine that I had $164 in my wallet. Now imagine that a very hungry family approached me for food. Imagine that I gave them $2. What would that look like? Even though $2 billion is a lot of money, not only did most influential people see Bezos’ action as too little, but also questioned whether his charity was meant to create a positive image in society. Either way, this story is a good starting point for my homily.

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September 29, 2018 - Angels

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

Scripture Readings

Perhaps no part of our Christian faith today is so extracted from its original Christian context as angels. Angels! We see them as statues, on stationery, and in books. Those who do very little to practice Christianity are often drawn to the cute little cherubs. Those who do practice Christianity often take very little notice of angels, other than accepting this sentimentalized and sanitized version of winged figures flitting about doing good.

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September 28, 2018 - A Time for Everything

Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Living in society today we often expect our lives to follow a particular timeline.  We expect ourselves to achieve certain life goals by a certain age: marriage, children, job promotion, retirement, etc.  It is easy to fall into this way of thinking.  Yet it is a mistake to think that everything has to be wrapped up and neatly decided by a particular time.  The scriptures for today emphasize the idea that we often need to wait on the Lord and that God often works more slowly than we might expect or even desire.  Nevertheless God does have a plan, and we need to trust in it even if we do not completely understand what it means for us at the time.  

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