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October 12, 2017 - Tired?

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The prophet Malachi could be speaking to our community today.  So many of us have wondered, ‘why am I working so hard at being a good person, when it doesn’t seem to be paying off?’  We feel like we’ve been working without pay.  We don’t want to hear, ‘the reward in Heaven will be great.’  What about a reward right now?  Malachi shows us what to do when we’re feeling this way.  We need to meet with our fellow Christians and strengthen each others’ faith: “Then they who were in awe of the Lord spoke with one another, and the Lord listened attentively…Then you will see the distinction between the just and the wicked…”  It’s easy to get tired of hoping on the Lord.

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October 11, 2017 – Teach us to Pray

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

From Jesus’s lips to ours.  The Lord’s prayer has been the most common prayer of Christians for the last twenty centuries.  It began with a simple request from the disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  The prayer Jesus offered was a new way of interacting with God.  Imagine how challenging this prayer must have been, for a faith that did not use or write the name of G-d.  Now Jesus wanted his followers to call God Abba.

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October 10, 2017 - A Good Story for Women, and Not Just for Women

Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

As we know very well, in Jesus’s day, women didn’t sit at the feet of great teachers. Men did that. Women focused on domestic labors like preparing a meal, taking care of children, and so forth. That was the order of things then.

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October 9, 2017 - We Are All Neighbors

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

When I read the Book of Jonah, I am always encouraged.  Jonah was chosen by God to be a prophet but simply cannot accept his commission. Ironically, in his attempt to flee from the Lord, Jonah ends up being cast into the sea precisely because he declares himself a Hebrew and worships the one Lord God. Jonah saw the men on the ship being tossed about on the raging sea as his neighbors. He was willing to be tossed overboard to save them from what he saw as his own personal rejection of God's will for him.

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October 8, 2017 - The Mystery of the Cross: A Reflection on Violence

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

This is the third week in a row that the gospel reading is about a vineyard. Two weeks back we heard the parable of the workers hired to work in a vineyard during different times of the day and being paid equally by its owner. Last week we heard the story of the landowner who asked his two sons to work in the vineyard and them responding differently. Both these parable had a common message - that God was accessible to the first and last alike, and yet, that it was the ones who were last that were walking in the kingdom of God first. This was not because God was somehow unjust, but because some of those who were first refused God’s offer of unconditional and redeeming love for all people. 

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