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The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 28, 2013 The biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, home to Abraham’s nephew, Lot, were full of sin. Israelite tradition was unanimous in ascribing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to the wickedness of these cities, but tradition varied in regard to the nature of ...read more
The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 21, 2013 What does it mean to be hospitable? Biblical stories extol hospitality as both a duty and a work of mercy. The desert “Bedouin” hospitality is a necessity for survival; and since this necessity falls upon all alike, any guest is entitled to hospitality ...read more
On 27 April 2005, at his first General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI told the assembled crowds why he had chosen that name for his ministry as Bishop of Rome. Among other reasons, this was an homage to Saint Benedict, whose feast we celebrate today, who has played such a role in the spiritual and cultural ...read more
The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 14, 2013 The story of the Good Samaritan in today’s Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) is one of the most treasured parables of the Bible. During my studies in the Holy Land, no matter how many times I traveled that perilous yet spectacular highway from Jerusalem to ...read more
“When the heart is not applied, hands can’t do anything.” On the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle – July 3 There is a proverb that says: “When the heart is not applied, hands can’t do anything.” It seems as if this were written for Thomas the Apostle. The Resurrection Gospel stories that feature St. ...read more
The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 7, 2013 The theme of “peacefulness” appears in all three readings today, and there is a definite link between the first reading from Isaiah (66:10-14c) and the reading from the Gospel of Luke (10:1-12, 17-20). Isaiah’s poetry celebrates the long-awaited return of Israel from exile ...read more
I have just returned from 9 months in New York City at the United Nations. Upon reflection, I feel like that amount of time was just enough to carry and incubate a new me. Not a completely different person, but somehow not quite the same. I find the labour to be in the transitions. That ...read more
The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – June 23, 2013 The second half of Luke’s Gospel is one great pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the city of destiny. For Luke, the Christian journey is a joyous way illuminated by the graciousness of the Savior of the world. Along that way, Jesus asks a very important ...read more
Today’s memorial of St. Barnabas presents us with one of Paul’s great collaborators who played a very significant role in the initial evangelization.  I would like to share with you some reflections about these two men and apostles.  First some thoughts from today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles 11:21b-26; 12:1-3. Barnabas means “son ...read more
The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – June 16, 2013 Throughout the Gospels, Jesus dines with sinners and takes the opportunity to teach some very important lessons about discipleship and holiness. As with so many things he did, Jesus’ befriending such types of people and eating with them angered his opponents, especially the ...read more