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October22, 2017 - Give to God What Belongs to God

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God" (Mt 22:21). This perhaps one of the most well-known quotes of Jesus. I would like to reflect on this quote in three questions. 

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October 21, 2017 - He Was Not Disappointed

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s reading from Romans is like a two-for-one.  It is a new testament passage that relies heavily on Genesis.  We are getting a taste of the Old Testament and the New at the same time.  We’re also getting a reminder about the primacy of faith and grace.

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October 20, 2017 - The Gift of Fear

Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The other day, a student asked me what Christians think about fear.  Interesting question - and not one I've thought about much, on purpose, until that question.  Fear is something that we try to keep at arms' length.  While we tell our children not to be afraid of the dark, how often do we have meaningful conversations about the things we really fear: death, violence, losing independence, and so on?  

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October 19, 2017 - Faith

Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

Scripture Readings

In today’s first reading we are presented with a discussion around faith and works. In this reading St. Paul speaks of the value of faith and the importance of being justified by faith. Faith is rooted in belief – belief in God, even though we do not have facts to prove his existence. We as Catholics have faith that the God we know is a God of mercy, of justice and of love. It is this faith, this belief in a higher power, that then guides our works and our actions. We should be living our lives differently because we have faith. How is your life different because of your faith?

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October 18, 2017 – The Last Words

Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist

Scripture Readings

Many times I am privileged to pray with some of the sickest people in the hospital.  Recently, I when I went to pray I asked the patient what we they would like to pray for, they replied, pray I get to meet Jesus soon.  They said it with a smile on their face.  This person was truly at peace.  A peace that knows that they are a child of God, and that God is their savior. A peace like that was bestowed by the seventy-two disciples Jesus sent forth ahead of him.  Disciples that were sent forth to proclaim the Kingdom.

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