TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – True Riches – The Christian paradox of where lasting wealth really resides is at the heart of today’s readings.  The sheepherder prophet Amos in the eighth century B.C. speaks forcefully against his contemporaries in the northern kingdom who amass riches with little concern for the...

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TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – The Use of Material Goods – Often called the prophet of social justice, Amos inveighs against the unjust practices of his time in which the disadvantaged were clearly being exploited.  The Lucan parable, combined with accompanying sayings of Jesus, speaks of the proper use of...

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TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – God’s Love for the Sinner – God relents of his plan to destroy his people, following Moses’ intercession on their behalf, in today’s reading from Exodus.  Persuasion tempers his anger and the people are spared.  As generous as this may be on Yahweh’s part, it...

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TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – The Cost of Discipleship – True wisdom comes from God and enables a person to be guided by the interests of the soul rather than those of the body.  This is the lesson from Wisdom in today’s liturgy.  In Luke’s gospel, wisdom is translated in...

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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 28ST, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – Humility – No one can boast before God, says Paul, and if there is any boasting to be done at all, it can center only on our weaknesses.  Today’s liturgy stresses the importance of humility in our lives, a virtue not greatly esteemed in our...

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TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 21ST, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – Keeper of the Keys – In telling of the substitution of one royal official for another, Isaiah escribes him as the keeper of the keys, the one who admits or prohibits access to the king as he deems fit.  After his profession of faith at...

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 14TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – The Prophet’s Pain – Of all biblical vocations, the of the prophet ins the most difficult.  For his truthful but ominous oracles, Jeremiah is viewed by Judah’s leaders as a demoralizing force; he is thrown into a cistern and left to die.  Jesus today speaks...

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NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 7TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – The Vigilant Servant – Wisdom reflects on the Israelites in Egypt awaiting their salvation.  Their posture was on of alertness, courage, and prayer. Jesus in Luke’s gospel advised an alert spirit, also, on the part of servants expecting their master’s return, a spirit which expresses...

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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JULY 31ST, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – Vanishing Wealth – In this rather sardonic way, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes’ Hebrew name) looks at experience and sees nothing but irony in the fact that those who work hard to achieve a certain position in life end up leaving everything to someone who has made little...

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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JULY 24TH, 2022

Introduction to the Liturgy – Importuning God – Like a shrewd customer at a bazaar, Abraham presses the Lord to bargaining limits in today’s first reading. To determine how far the Lord’s will to save will go, he works skillfully to save as many citizens of Sodom as possible. The...

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