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August 6, 2017 - Awesome Yet Ordinary

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Scripture Readings

Whenever I read passages like the ones we have as our readings today, I feel a little disconnected. I am not saying that I have any doubts about the marvelous experiences of Daniel in today’s first reading or the apostles in today's second reading and the gospel. All I am saying is that I haven’t had them. I am not sure about you, but, I am left with a piece of bread and some wine in my hands. It takes everything in me to believe that the God who appeared to Daniel and the apostles is the same God I hold in my hands. I lay my hand on people who are ill, anoint them with Holy Oil and believe that God is hearing my prayer. All I have is the quiet time I spend before God in prayer. Sometimes, it takes everything in my to believe that there is somebody on the other side. 

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July 30, 2017 - God is a Giver

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I wish that today’s first reading was read prior to last Sunday’s reading from the book of Wisdom. Today’s reading recounts the story of God’s gift of wisdom given to Solomon. The book of Wisdom was written after God gave Solomon the gift of Wisdom. 

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July 23, 2017 - Praying That We Might Pray

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I am going to begin my homily with a few sayings: “A jealous ear hears everything, and discordant grumblings are no secret” (Wis 1:10). Here is another one: “A great number of wise men is the safety of the world” (Wis 6:24). One more: “Our lifetime is the passing of a shadow; and our dying cannot be deferred because it is fixed with a seal; and not one returns” (Wis 2:5). The last one: “Age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, not can it be measured in terms of years” (Wis 4:8). All these saying are from he book of Wisdom, the book from which our first reading is taken. 

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July 16, 2017 - The Generous Sower

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The use of parables to teach the lessons of life was one of the most brilliant strategies that Jesus used. Besides the fact that Jesus used imageries and analogies from the daily events to connect with his audience, parables by their nature are open ended. We can draw multiple meanings from parables. For that matter, a parable never runs out of meanings. The parable of the Sower and the Seed is one of the richest parables in the gospels. 

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July 9, 2017 - Jesus Teaches Me Three Things

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We may not think too much about this, but everything we know, we act, we think, and we live is learned. Think about a new born infant. Besides breathing, hunger, sleep, wailing, and of course pooping, the baby knows very little. Many of these behaviors are instinctual. A new born baby has very little intentionality. What the baby learns as he or she grows up depends on the home and society. As a child grows up, he or she learns behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives. Everything we know, act, think, and live today - is learnt. 

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