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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 23rd, 2016 Last Sunday’s Gospel focused on the necessity of prayer (Luke 18:1-8). The second of two parables in Chapter 18:9-15 condemns the self-righteous, critical attitude of the Pharisee and teaches that the fundamental attitude of the Christian disciple must be the recognition of sinfulness and ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 16th, 2016 Luke depicts Jesus at prayer right from the beginning of his Gospel. Prayer becomes one of the ways by which we follow Jesus. Luke’s story of Jesus begins in the context of Jewish prayer in the Temple at Jerusalem, when Zechariah is told that ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 9th, 2016 Today’s readings are about remembering and thanksgiving, healing and salvation. In the reading from the Old Testament (2 Kings 5:14-17), Naaman the Syrian remembers to thank Elisha for his cure. In the reading from the Second Letter to Timothy (2:8-13), Paul asks Timothy (and ...read more
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 2nd, 2016 Questioning our faith and even the object of it is a daily, healthy exercise! Faith cannot be shelved until we need it, for then we will discover that it has grown weak and meaningless from disuse and will not sustain us. The virtue of ...read more
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 25, 2016 In today’s first reading (Amos 6:1a, 4-7), the prophet Amos is quite serious about the complacent folk who pamper themselves at the expense of others, and have apparently lost interest in the sufferings of their fellow human beings. Amos is the great champion of ...read more
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 18, 2016 Today’s Scripture readings see the proper use of material possessions as an essential ingredient in the life of faith. The three sayings of today’s Gospel suggest a contrast between worldly wealth and eternal wealth. Luke’s parable of the dishonest steward (16:1-8a) must be understood ...read more
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 11, 2016 Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel is often referred to as the “lost and found” collection of the New Testament. The chapter begins with the parable of lost sheep (15:1-7), followed by the parable of lost coin (15:8-10), reaching its crescendo in the masterpiece of ...read more
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 4, 2016 Today’s Gospel passage (Luke 14:25-33) contains a collection of sayings that are peculiar to Luke. Luke has Jesus speak about the demands of discipleship. He gathers three sayings (14:26, 27, 33) and two parables (14:28-30, 31-32). They focus on the total dedication necessary for ...read more
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 28, 2016 Jesus’ most important teaching moments in Luke’s Gospel take place at meals, parties, and celebrations, and we learn that each meal has a far greater significance than simply eating and drinking with others. Today’s table talk takes place in the context of the journey ...read more
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 21, 2016 Though today’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30) may well be a loose collection of Jesus’ sayings – uttered in several different contexts but brought together here under the general heading “Who will be saved?” – the overall tone of Jesus’ meaning is clear: the Good News ...read more