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August 24, 2017 - Our Meek & Powerful King

Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Scripture Readings

“Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  Those are the only words we receive from John's angelic guide in our first reading today.  After that we receive a gorgeous description of the heavenly Jerusalem with the final detail telling us that, “The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.”  The significance of why these lines are quoted will be clear in a moment.

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August 23, 2017 - You Are Our King

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Reading

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something which is not meant to be understood literally.  This is definitely true with the readings for this day.  In the first reading from Judges we hear a parable which alludes to the people of God as wanting a king.  In today’s gospel we hear the parable of the landowner whose system of paying employees is far from what we might call capitalistic.

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August 22, 2017 - Searching for a Softer Bible

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture Readings

Disturbed by the presence of the supernatural in the Gospels, Thomas Jefferson used a razor blade to excise all of the references to miracles and prophecy and resurrection, in the process creating a Bible – the “Jefferson Bible” – with which he could be comfortable.

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August 21, 2017 - Our God Who Calls Us to More

Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope

Scripture Readings

My husband and I are avid hikers, and we are planning a trip to Glacier National Park. As part of our possible itinerary there is one or two hikes that I am concerned may be more than I can handle.  My husband, who loves me and knows me well, is inviting (encouraging) me to go beyond what I think I can do and try to do more.

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August 20, 2017 - Children and Dogs

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s gospel reading has confounded a lot of people in the pews. Its the story of the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus pleading with him to heal his daughter. It is a great story of great faith. However, do you cringe every time you hear Jesus say, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs?” Was Jesus’ response to the helpless and desperate mother an insult? Let me simply say this: there is more to the story!

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