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October 7, 2017 - An Eye on Eternity

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Scripture Readings

As Christians we are called to a great many things.  We are called to be missionaries of mercy and workers of charity.  We are also called to be advocates of truth and supporters of justice.  We are to be deeply contemplative and tirelessly active.  The call to live the Christian life is difficult and oftentimes loaded with paradoxes and I think those can weigh us down if we fail to live with an eternal context.  We act, speak, pray, and rest with one eye on eternity.  This is what Jesus sets up for us today in the words, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”  This eternal context doesn’t make the Christian life easy, but I think it helps make it feasible.  To help with that feasibility I want to offer three quick snippets of advice.

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October 6, 2017 - "Deliver us and pardon our sins for your name’s sake"

Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke, we find Jesus condemning various cities. They have seen Jesus’ mighty deeds, and yet they do not recognize Him, in fact, in some instances, He is accused of being in league with the devil. Jesus uses the example of two cities Tyre and Sidon that, like Sodom and Gomorrah, were destroyed for their lack of repentance. Punishments or violent consequences of sin such as what befell Tyre and Sidon, are not intended to “punish.” They are rather remedial, and intended to prevent the deadly power of sin from spreading, or in some instances they are therapeutic and are brought about, or allowed to occur, to help bring about the conditions necessary for true repentance. Either way, they stand as a sign to others to help future generations avoid their downfall. 

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October 5, 2017 - Embracing God's Law as a Gift

Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

“Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!” - This is the message that Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites provide to those who are saddened at Ezra’s reading from the book of the law of God. 

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October 4, 2017 – Simplicity of Heart

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Scripture Readings

Walking into a room recently, I was struck when the person greeted me with the question "Can you sin when you look at me?"  Many things struck me all at once.  Is the person perceiving something in how I am looking at this person?  Did they have something they needed to get off their chest?  In sharing that I try to only see Christ in the person, he probed further wondering if there was a sin that I was carrying that I needed to share.  In reflecting for the readings today, this interchange came to mind immediately. 

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October 3, 2017 - Jesus’ Simple Message to Us

Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In the text before us today from Luke, we hear two powerful words. One painful. One merciful.

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