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October 17, 2017 - A Word from Jesus on Selfie Sticks

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Scripture Reflections

A couple of summers ago, I traveled to France with some colleagues from the University of Dayton on a pilgrimage that took us to places that deeply shaped the founders of the Society of Mary or Marianists, who founded UD. Along the way, we spent the better part of one day at the Palace of Versailles.

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October 16, 2017 - The Grace of Apostleship

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Our Parish, Immaculate Conception, focuses a great deal on being disciples of Jesus- we are called to “think like Jesus, talk like Jesus, and act like Jesus.”  When I read today’s reading, I was struck by the line “we have received the grace of apostleship.”  So does that mean that WE are called to be apostles as well?  One of the definitions of the word “apostle” is “one sent on a mission.”  As disciples of Jesus we are called to become like Him in all ways, but we are also given the mission of building the Kingdom of God here on earth.  Through the grace of the Spirit each one of us is called into relationship with Him, so we can bring others (and in fact all of creation) into the Kingdom as well.

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October 15, 2017 - Am I Wearing the Right Clothes?

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

How many of you are familiar with the Baltimore Catechism? It is very different than the Catechism of the Catholic Church we have today. Published in 1891, it has about 300 pages and the entire Catechism is written in question answer format. I think it is still the clearest and direct explanation of the Catholic faith. For example, the first question is, “Who made the world?” The answer, “God made the world.” The sixth question  asks “Why did God make you?” The answer is, “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.” Did to hear that? God made us to be happy! This may sound contrary to the lessons we draw from today’s gospel parable of the man thrown out from the wedding feast for coming without a wedding garment. In fact, when understood correctly, even this parable is about happiness.

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October 14, 2017 - Blessing and Legacy

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

“Blessed are you among women.”  These are the words that Elizabeth says to Mary as the two women meet.  The woman in the crowd in today’s gospel seems to echo Elizabeth as she calls out, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”  However, Jesus’ reply, Mary’s example, and the rest of the visitation scene create a different picture.

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October 13, 2017 - Superstitions and Divisions

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Most of the people I know have observed that today is Friday the 13th, IN OCTOBER, no less. A spooky month gets a spooky Friday. How much better (or worse...) can it get?

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