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October 31, 2018 - In Communion with Our Ancestors

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Of course we know that today is Halloween- I’ll be taking my kids trick-or-treating, and we’ll probably eat copious amounts of candy! Yet today is also the vigil of a very important feast day, All Saints’ Day (November 1st), a day when we remember all those faithful people who have gone before us and who now enjoy heaven and a vision of God. The next day, All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), while not a holy day of obligation, is still an important day of remembering all those who have died, even if they have not yet attained heaven. Indeed, the whole month of November is traditionally a month of remembering our loved ones and others in the church universal who have died.

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October 30, 2018 - The Expansive Kingdom

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Very simply put, from the tiniest of cells grows an embryo, from the smallest embryo grows a baby, and from the littlest, vulnerable baby grows an adult, maybe 5 or 6 feet tall, sometimes taller! As I reflected on today’s Gospel reading from Luke (13:18-21) – the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast – I thought of how my once very small baby boys are now taller than their Dad and I, and possibly still growing. We could not perceptibly see them growing, yet little by little, day by day, month by month, year by year, they have grown. Yes, there have been mornings when one of them would come down for breakfast and, standing next to me in the kitchen, I would swear he had grown overnight. But mostly, somehow, it happened gradually without our daily awareness. This, I think, is kind of how God’s Kingdom grows.

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October 29, 2018 - Living Love in Every Moment

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I have the incredible blessing of being able to watch my 3 grandchildren on a regular basis.  Although I am exhausted at the end of the day, one thing that I have noticed about children is how they live in the present moment.  Today’s first reading and responsorial psalm encourage us to “Behave like God as his very dear children.”  If God is love, then I think one of the best ways that we can act like children of God, is to live in love in every moment.

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October 28, 2018 - Discipleship Begins with the Experience of God's Mercy

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Right after I was ordained in 1994, India’s corporate sector was introduced to a very influential and effective thinker, Stephen Covey. Many of us as priests also read his very popular book, The7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book sold more than 20 million copies in fourty languages. In 1996, Dr. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans and in 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the 10 most influential management books ever written.Stephen Covey died last July  but continues to influence the management world. I for one was a Stephen Covey’s fan. One reason for this was that he gave new insights into my own following of Jesus. Here is one statement that influenced my discipleship: “There is no involvement without commitment.” For example, my priesthood require both commitment and involvement. What would my priesthood look like it I was not committed? What would the celebration of this Eucharist look like if I was not involved?  Whether it is marriage, friendship, work or sports or the following of Christ, there is no involvement without commitment and there is not commitment without involvement. 

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October 27, 2018 - Bench-Warmer

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Besides maybe jousting or hurling (hurling not curling), Lacrosse is my favorite sport.  If you are unfamiliar with it, in either its guys or girls version, I recommend learning about it.  It has historical roots back to Native Americans.  It is fast paced and high scoring.  My keenness for Lacrosse comes from my upbringing in Maryland, where it is our ‘state team sport,’ and my experience playing in high school.  Well, playing might be too generous.  I practiced lacrosse but seldom played.  I suppose you could say I was a bench-warmer, though I was more of a bench shouter.  I embraced that my role as bench-warmer also made me our team’s unofficial cheerleader.  I might not have been playing, but I still had something to contribute.  This is the message we find in the second half of our first reading.

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