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September 27, 2018 - Bored?

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

Scripture Readings

Sounds like poor Qoheleth is having a bad day.  He’s tired, he’s bored, and he feels like he has seen it all again and again.  ‘What’s the point,’ he wonders.  Boredom was described by one minister as ‘the self, stuffed with the self.’  How often prosperous people feel this way!  We consider what we’re going to do, what we have done, what we could have done.  Whether your disposition is to think of the great things you’ve accomplished, or how little you have done well, the outcome is the same; excessive self-focus. We grow tired, thinking of ourselves. 

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September 26, 2018 - The Lord Provides

Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In the first reading from Proverbs, the writer is asking God for two things.  The first is protection from falsehood and lying and the second is to be provided with only what is needed.  The writer desires to trust fully in God and in God’s ability to provide, not of their own doing. 

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September 25, 2018 - May We Hear and Act

Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There are a lot of things that the Bible says that I just don’t get. Sometimes that’s because what the Bible says is strange. I can find a lot of those places in, for instance, the Book of Revelation. There is so much there that is just baffling. But then there are other places in the Bible that seem so clear. I think, for instance, of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus says that people who make peace are blessed. That just makes sense, especially coming from Jesus.

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September 24, 2018 - Say 'Yes' to God

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s reading from the Gospel of St. Luke relates the parable of the lamp (Lk8:16-18). This is part of the section of Luke’s Gospel that deals with the theme of how we hear and respond to the Word of God; it is preceded by the parable of the sower and followed by Jesus’ explanation of who truly are members of his family—those who hear the word of God and act on it. Jesus tells us, “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light” (Lk8:16). Our 'yes' to God’s invitation to enter life with God, Son, and Holy Spirit is meant to benefit the entire world. When we respond to the Word as God intends, we are very much like a lamp—attracting people and radiating light, warmth to all those around us. And light sheds itself indiscriminately—as does the light of God's Grace.

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September 23, 2018 - "Lord, Save Me from Me!"

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Friday morning, just as I was looking for a start to this homily, a mother of a young man who plays for the Carroll High School Patriots sent me an e-mail saying, “We need a Patriot win against CJ Eagles tonight. Say a little prayer!” I replied, “For you I will pray for the Patriots, but for Fr. Bob Jones I will pray for the Eagles.” This way no matter who wins, I can say God heard my prayer. As it turns out the Eagles won! Here is another story. Today, India and Pakistan are playing a very crucial cricket match for the Asia cup. Of course, Jesus is on India’s side, right? How could he not? These are very naïve, harmless examples. However, apply the same rivalry to a job situation, to how the inheritance is shared, to sibling rivalry, to race relations, to the upcoming elections, to international politics; suddenly we have the perfect recipe for serious conflict and war. 

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