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September 12, 2018 - Awareness

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The readings today are challenging on many different levels.  Paul’s letter to the Corinthians on first glance seems to be calling us to a life of celibacy.  Indeed, in this section of Corinthians, Paul suggests, “let even those who have wives, be as though they had none.”  These words were Paul’s opinion based on the reality of the situation as he understood it.

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September 11, 2018 - Called by the Healer

Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Judging from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, things were not going well among the brothers and sisters there. All churches have their disputes and divisions, but the brothers and sisters in Corinth had taken that to another level. They were suing one another in court. Paul is not pleased, and he lets them know it. He calls their behavior a failure. They have forgotten who they are, but he has not. He knows they were once people who engaged in vices of all sorts. They had been cleansed by baptism, but now they had lost their way.

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September 10, 2018 - Jesus Would Act...So Should We

Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

These are trying days for the Catholic Church. Today's readings, especially 1 Corinthians, really hit home in relation to the ongoing sexual abuse we are (again) hearing so much about. We, the people of God, are the Church and one of the most disturbing aspects is the overwhelming powerlessness many of us feel. Powerlessness can leave us feeling so paralyzed it can prevent us from taking action…much like fear. As disciples of Jesus, there is one thing we know for certain. Jesus would take action.

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September 9, 2018 - God Chose the Poor to be Rich in Faith

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings 

Perhaps many of you know that I spent most of last week in El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico, on an immersion experience of the immigration crisis, along with 15 other priests. Our goal was to understand the immigration issue in depth, to express solidarity with the immigrants, to visit them at the various refugee shelters in El Paso and Juarez, and to pray at the border with Bishop Mark Sietz of El Paso along with other religious leaders.  

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September 8, 2018 - Exemplar Lay Person

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture Readings

I'm currently enrolled in a Christology class as I pursue my masters. During the opening Q&A of my last class, one of my classmates asked about Mary. At one point in his answer, my professor called her the "Exemplar lay person." On this feast of her nativity I want to see where that takes us.

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