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Reflection for Sept 1, 2007

"To Everyone Who Has, More Will be Given"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s gospel reading presents one of those remarks of Jesus that defy normal reasoning. If I won the 303 million dollar Megamillion lottery, I would not be giving some of it to another rich person, but rather, I would be giving it to someone who has none. No one has to tell me that it is most reasonable thing to do. So what is Jesus’ reasoning when he says, "For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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Reflection for August 31, 2007

"Therefore, Say Awake

Today's Mass Readings

The point of the parable from today’s Gospel reading is that we each much remain watchful and attentive. In today’s parable, the bridegroom has arrived to begin to seven day joyous wedding celebration which was standard for the Judaism of the time. The young women who did not bring their oil with them will not be able to partake in this joyous occasion. They had not remained watchful and attentive. None of us know when we are going to die. None of us know when our end will come. We must therefore keep watch over our lives to make sure we are following Jesus to the best of our abilities.

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Reflection for August 30, 2007



Today's Mass Readings

The readings today carry the themes of expectation and also joy. There is the expectation of Christ’s return and the joy of being found worthy when that return occurs. Expectation is something that we live with on a daily basis, but it is the expectation of simple things: the coffee pot to finish making coffee, the beginning of the school year, or – more significantly – the birth of a child. All of these instances can bring toe-tapping impatience.

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Reflection for August 29, 2007

"To be Devout, Just and Blameless"

Today's Mass Readings

Today the Church keeps the memory of the martyrdom of John the Baptist. Known for his asceticism and his mystical spirituality, John’s martyrdom showcases two realities. The first was his own integrity. He stood by the truth. However, the immediate cause of his death was also the whim of a woman who was callous about human life. She merely made John a pawn in her game. Moreover, she did not hesitate to implicate her daughter in her own guilt, by making her demand the life of John. Both of these are realities of our times as well. That is why, the feast of John the Baptist is relevant two thousand years after his death.

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Reflection for August 28, 2007

"You have Searched Me and You Know Me, Lord"


Today's Mass Readings

In today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is upset. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus demonstrates the utmost patience when dealing with common sinners, when dealing with His own suffering, etc., Jesus’ righteous anger, however, is kindled again and again by the sins of the religious leaders of His time.

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