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October 27, 2017 - How to Do the Good You Want

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today's scriptures are so important. In today's gospel (Luke 12:54-59) Jesus wants us to resist the temptation to get an easy win in our arguments and dealings with others. Sadly, I know what the hot button topics are for my friends and family members - and I know that oftentimes it is better just not to engage in that fight. Sometimes it is just so tempting, though, to slip in a snarky comment I later wish I hadn't made.

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October 26, 2017 - Humble Pie

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Have another helping of Humble Pie!  Most of us don’t like being called weak, or a slave.  And I certainly don’t like division; there’s enough of that in today’s politics!  Following Jesus is a challenge, whether we’re just starting, or we’ve been doing it for decades. For me, it seems like the hardest part is letting go of my ego, my plans, my belief about how good I am.  The epistle, Psalm, and Gospel all invite us to turn toward God more fully, and set aside our pride. 

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October 25, 2017 – Much Will be Required

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Every one to whom much is given, much will be required.  Let us think for a moment of the countless blessing we have received during our lives.  Many of them we know quite well.  Many, many others are unknown to us.  For each of our lives are filled with blessings.  Happiness, family, friendships, people who minister to us, and this does not even include our temporal blessings.  Let us consider today the question of whether our life is a generous response to all the good things God has granted us.  

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October 24, 2017- What if Paul’s letter were addressed to us?

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The excerpts from Paul’s letter to the Romans begin in a very dark place. In them, Paul tells us that it was through one man’s sin that death not only entered the world for him but for all of us. Just like him, we all sin. And just like him, we all will die. It’s a bleak opening, to be sure. And it’s one that we know is true. We all sin. And we all will die.

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October 23, 2017 - Rich in What Matters to God

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

If you have ever perused writings on Benedictine Spirituality you may have come across this quote from St. Benedict: “Keep death always before your eyes.” This sounds very strange as in our culture as death is considered something to avoid at all cost, something to put off as long as possible, or something to dread. Who among us desires to keep death in the forefront of their thinking?  Even us, as disciples of Jesus must admit death is not something we want to think about. Christ is all about resurrection and life, abundance, truth and goodness. However, this day's readings can be seen as an invitation to reflect on how facing death may influence the way I live.

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