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October 26, 2018 - Jesus Dishes Out Some Advice

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We seem to be a nation of advice-seekers.  Advice columnists in the newspapers thrive on dispensing advice to letter writers.  Teenagers and young adults text each other asking for up-to-the-minute advice.  Self help books remain a top selling genre at bookstores. 

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October 25, 2018 - Strength of the Inner Self

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

It’s been said that to be strong in any way, we must first be strong in heart.  Whether we seek physical strength, endurance, financial strength, knowledge, wisdom, or perseverance, we must first have the “strength of the inner self” that Paul writes about.  Without the heart to keep at it, we never develop any other strength.  So what does it take to develop a strong heart?  Is it knowledge?  Is it a problem to be figured out and solved?  Paul prays to God to send us what we need: Love. 

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October 24, 2018 - The Gift of Anticipation

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In our day, almost no one has personal servants though that was once commonplace, even in middle class America. Many households had at least one maid or a cook or a helper who stopped by a few days a week. These days, we have restaurants, cleaning agencies, daycares, and other institutions, to provide those kinds of services. These days, American workers don’t have “masters” but rather bosses and managers and managerial systems. I mention that because today’s gospel (Luke 12:39-48) definitely requires a bit of reflection and interpretation for our culture.

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October 23, 2018 - Be On Watch! Be Vigilant!

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In the text from Luke for today, we are told that blessed are those “whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Heeding this beatitude, we are called to be on watch, ready, waiting for Jesus’ return. But what does that mean?

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October 22, 2018 - To Whom Do We Belong

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

What images come to mind when you think of 'belonging'? Is it family and friends? Social groups, neighborhood, or geographical location? Church community? We can all identify with these (and countless others) in varying degrees. However, today's Scriptures tell us, in several ways, to Whom we truly belong…and it is God.

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