Archive for October, 2017

The Message is What Matters, Not Prestige

Nov 5, 2017: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Malachi 1:14–2:2, 8-10 Psalms 131:1, 2, 3 First Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12 _________________________________________________________ In today’s readings, we’re reminded that our receptivity to a message should not be determined by our esteem or scorn for the messenger, but by whether that message is true. When we are […]

Love For Real

Oct 29, 2017: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 22:20-26 Psalms 18:2-4, 47, 51 First Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 _________________________________________________________________________ In today’s readings, we’re reminded that there are real love and other ideas of love that pale in comparison. The best measure of love is how we treat others, including God. In today’s First Reading […]

Christians Need to Keep Hope Healthy

Oct 22, 2017: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalms 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 First Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 _____________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of this Letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, a city in northern Greece (modern-day Macedonia), Paul uses a very interesting and very important phrase. He praises the Thessalonians for their “endurance […]

This Is One Party You Don’t Want To Miss

Oct 15, 2017: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 25:6-10 Psalms 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22:1-14 ______________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings remind us that Heaven awaits us as a party, not a chore. Everybody has to prepare for the party if they don’t want to miss out on the fun. In today’s First Reading Isaiah describes […]

Sin Matters

Oct 8, 2017: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalms 80:9, 12-16 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 ______________________________________________________________________ Because we live in a fallen world, we get used to sin. We get so used to sin, in fact, that we can easily forget just how evil and destructive it is. Sin is rebellion against God, […]