Our Mission Matters More than Our Popularity

Oct 30, 2016: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Psalms 145:1-2, 8-11, 13 Second Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10 ______________________________________________________________________ Today Jesus Christ gives us His mission statement: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” In other words, Christ’s whole life was for others. Everything he did […]

Those Who Recognize Their Need for God Will Get God

Oct 23, 2016: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Psalms 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Second Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 _______________________________________________________________________ Why was the tax collector’s prayer better than the Pharisee’s prayer? Because the tax collector actually made a connection with God, but the Pharisee only made a connection with himself. Tax collectors were […]

The Greatest of All Rights… Is a Gift

Oct 16, 2016: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 17:8-13 Psalms 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 Second Timothy 3:14–4:2 Luke 18:1-8 ______________________________________________________________________ We hear a lot about “rights.” Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that in our prayer we should ask for our rights. What are these rights that Jesus talks about? He says, “Will not […]

The Power of Gratitude

Oct 9, 2016: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Second Kings 5:14-17 Psalms 98:1-4 Second Timothy 2:8-13 Luke 17:11-19 _______________________________________________________________________ At the end of the fourth Gospel, St John’s Gospel, we are told that if everything Christ did during his brief earthly life were written down, the entire world would not contain the books. We can […]

The Freedom that Comes from True Humility

Oct 2, 2016: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9 Second Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Luke 17:5-10 _____________________________________________________________________ Isn’t Jesus being a bit harsh with the servant in this parable? The servant works hard and humbly submits to his boss, day after day. Then Jesus says he should look for nothing in […]

Worldly Success Can Be Dangerous

Sep 25, 2016: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Amos 6:1, 4-7 Psalms 146:7-10 First Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16:19-31 _____________________________________________________________________ In the world’s eyes and using the standards of the time, the unnamed rich man in this parable was a complete success. Jesus has him dressed in purple. In the ancient world, purple was the symbolic […]

Christ Wants Our Undivided Hearts

Sep 18, 2016: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Amos 8:4-7 Psalms 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 First Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13 ______________________________________________________________________ “No servant can be the slave of two masters.” Jesus does not give a third alternative. There are only two paths in life, the one that leads closer to Christ, or the one […]

The Meaning of Life

Sep 11, 2016: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 First Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-32 _____________________________________________________________________ Christ’s parables always teach us something about God, and they teach us something about ourselves. The parables we just listened to clearly highlight God’s mercy, His active love for sinners. They also give […]

We Must Die in Order to Live

Sep 4, 2016: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Wisdom 9:13-18 Psalms 90:3-6, 12-14, 17 Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17 Luke 14:25-33 ______________________________________________________________________ At this point in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is steadfastly making His way to Jerusalem, where He knows that He can expect nothing but betrayal, condemnation, humiliation, torture, and death, but then on the third […]

Seeing Myself as God Sees Me

Aug 28, 2016: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Psalms 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 Luke 14:1, 7-14 ______________________________________________________________________ Humility does not have a good name. It may conjure up images of degradation and abjection On the other hand; we may think that it means becoming a doormat for others to […]