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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 30th, 2017 Solomon seeks wisdom It is important to know the historical background for today’s first reading from the First Book of Kings 3:5-12. Solomon had just been installed as the third king of Israel. The lot of leadership fell to him, the favoured son of ...read more
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 23rd, 2017 Once again in this week’s Gospel passage, images of growing trees, shrubs and plants provide us with powerful insights into the quiet and slow ways that God’s Kingdom grows among us and within us. Today’s Gospel story is peculiar to Matthew (13:24-33). Central to ...read more
In response to numerous questions over the past two weeks about Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, I have prepared the following reflection. ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A In verse 10 of today’s first reading from chapter 55 of the prophet Isaiah, we read: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for ...read more
In this tiny but powerful Rule, Benedict put what he had learned about the power of speaking and oratorical rhythms at the service of the Gospel. He did not drop out of school because he didn't understand the subject! Scholars have told us that his Rule reflects an understanding of and skill with the rhetorical rules of the time. ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 9th, 2017 During one of my summer undergraduate study programs in France, I recall visiting the Abbey of Saint-Honorat on the Îles de Lérins in southern France. I was particularly struck by a medieval figure of the crucified Christ in the Abbey Church. The Crucified One, ...read more