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 […]

Christ Is Interested in Our Hearts

Aug 21, 2016: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:18-21 Psalms 117:1, 2 Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 Luke 13:22-30 ______________________________________________________________________ Many Jews at the time of Jesus thought that salvation was based on external factors, like race and ritual. Many Jews, in fact, believed that only Jews could actually live in communion with God. The non-Jewish […]

A Christian’s Mission Statement

Aug 14, 2016: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Psalms 40:2- 4, 18 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53 _____________________________________________________________________ What does Jesus mean by saying that He came “to set the earth on fire”? He is speaking about the fire of Christian virtue, of the Christian way of life that makes power struggles, prejudice, […]

Christ Is in Charge

Aug 7, 2016: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 18:6-9 Psalms 33:1, 12, 18-22 Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Luke 12:32-48 _____________________________________________________________________ These parables paint a vivid picture of who Christ is and what His Church is. The clearer that picture is in our minds, the better we will be able to live as true Christians. In […]

Christ: A Mission-Driven Man

Jul 31, 2016: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Psalms 90:3-6, 12-14, 1 Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Luke 12:13-21 _____________________________________________________________________ At first glance, Jesus’ response to this man’s request seems strange. The man has a real problem. His brother is trying to make off with the lion’s share of their inheritance. However, Jesus refuses […]