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November 1, 2017 – Saintliness

Solemnity of All Saints

Scripture Readings

One of the chaplains with whom I minister, worked especially hard on one of the bigger team efforts of our year.  Her generosity was truly a labor of love that inspired me.  In thanking her I remarked that she was a saint.  Although my coworker did not readily accept what I meant as a complement, My explanation was that her energy was clearly that of a saint in the making.  This is the universal call to holiness, that like the saints before us, we are all striving for sanctity on earth.

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October 31, 2017 - Trading in Me-Time for Us-Time and the Kingdom

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

A recent national poll shows that seven out of ten Americans think this country has reached a new low point in its politics due to divisions among Americans that are as bad or worse than they were during the Vietnam era. Americans who were adults during the Vietnam era and who, therefore, can actually remember what that level of division felt like are even stronger with 77% of them saying that we are at least or more divided now than we were then. We are a deeply divided nation, and that is bad news for all of us.

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October 30, 2017 - Heirs of God

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The first reading from Romans contains lines of scripture that many of us find familiar. St. Paul reminds us that we are called to be led by the Spirit of God, and therefore we should consider ourselves children of God.  But then St. Paul mentions that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.  What exactly does it mean to be an heir of God?  What do we “inherit” as an heir, and how is this inheritance passed along to us?

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October 29, 2017 - "in the Evening of Our Lives, We will be Judged by Love Alone"

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The great Christian mystic, John of the Cross, once said, “In the evening of our lives we will be judged by love alone.” Today’s readings are bound to create a genuine problem for preachers and congregations in Catholic parishes across the world, unless of course, preachers decide to by-pass the issue. The very first statement in today’s first reading says- “Thus says the LORD: You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.” Across the globe, national elections are being won and lost based on particular political party’s stand on both documented and undocumented aliens or immigrants. Not only do some Catholics disagree with the Catholic Church’s pastoral teaching on immigration, but they have gone so as far as to openly dissent with Pope Francis and the US Catholic bishops on the issue. 

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October 28, 2017 - I Gotta Sleep On That

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Scripture Readings

When we have a big decision to make we sometimes say, “Let me get back to you, I need to sleep on it.”  Jesus, in today’s gospel, would not be impressed by our conventional wisdom.  Luke’s gospel tells us that Jesus went up the mountain to pray and “spent the night in prayer.”  For Jesus, having a decision that you sleep on would be inadequate.  While I don’t think that Jesus is calling us to insomnia, there are a few thought provoking implications that come from this passage.

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