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Thirty First Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

November 3, 2019

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31 Sunday Cycle C Reflection

 

 

One of the hardest thing we have to do spiritually is to look deep inside ourselves.

 

How hard it is to see our failures, our sins.

Conversion

It is so easy to say, "Well mine are so small compared to others;"

or to say, "Well, everyone does that."

Conversion is difficult or even impossible if we are not willing to look at ourselves everyday.

 

Wisdom

The first reading speaks of God's great mercy. But He can only give mercy if we can see that we need it, that we are selfish, that we do not have mercy and compassion for others, that we judge, that we want our way, etc.

 

 

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In the Gospel we hear the story  of Zacchaeus and it is wonderful.

Here is a man who is despised by the community. Somehow God gives him the grace to see his sins and bring them before the Lord and he receives great mercy. Jesus comes for the sinner everyday.

 

Afraid

Why are we afraid or hesitant?

The Lord is passing today.

 

Are we willing to come before him with our weaknesses, our sins, like Zacchaeus.

Or do we continue to think we don't sin because we are Catholic and we go to Mass.

Don't be deceived.

The force of evil does not wants us to see our sins and to experience God's love for the sinner.

Courage.

 



 

Experience the great mercy of God today as we celebrate Eucharist this Sunday.

 

 

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Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

October 27, 2019.

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The one who wrote this book was a wise and pious  Jew of the second century BC.

He came to understand that God shows no favorites but deals equally with all people.


We know that God answers the prayers of all, but He is also concerned for the oppressed, for the widow, the orphan, and the ones who cannot help themselves.

 

 

 

We know we need to  show gratitude to God, but the times we are so busy that we can forget completely about any prayer or dialogue with our God.

 

 

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In the second reading we hear the letter Paul has written to Timothy. He talks often about his struggles and sufferings as a part of the journey to eternal life.

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As he writes this letter he knows that his execution  is eminent. He says, on his deathbed, that he has fought the good fight.


His words can help each of us in our struggles, in our difficulties, to understand that they are a part of our daily journey or race (as St. Paul says) to eternal life.  When the daily going gets rough pray that we too can daily use the words of St. Paul...

 

Fought

When we fail and we see our failures we can begin to pray to begin again. 

knowing that God is there encouraging us

Never give up!.

 

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In the Gospel Jesus speaks to some people who trusted in themselves and consider themselves as righteous and yet they despised others who are not as they are.

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O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector

At times we may catch ourselves in the above mode..

I am so glad I am not like.....

I remember well one of my pastors, a very holy man, who love to joke & tease me and say often...

 

...Lord I thank you that I am not like Fr. Doug, but I do everything right

... and then would laugh.

 

Seriously, when we discover our thinking is like the Pharisee it is the time to pray for our conversion.  

 

 

‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.

 

When we find ourselves judging others remember the Gospel of this day and pray...

'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.

'I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

 

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Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time cycle C

October 20, 2019

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Prayer
The readings are a good reminder for us

 

 

 

Exodus

The Israelites were on their long journey from Egypt to Canaan and they had to pass through territories were occupied by original aboriginal tribes. Which means they had to fight with the people who did not want them to pass through their territory.

 

 

 

Moses at prayer
 Moses saw the importance of praying to God so they would have victory.  Others helped him in this task as he stood on the mountain.

 


It would seem the lesson for each of us is that there is an all loving God that wants each of us in eternal life, but we need to pray to God and ask for his help and he will always give the best way to help us on our journey to eternal life.

 

 

 

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Paul reminds Timothy and us as to how important the sacred Scriptures are for our instruction and for our Journey to eternal life.

Two words stand out at the end of this reading, the word patience with other and learning more about the Word of God.
Each of us are called through our baptism to make God present in the world and we do that by our patience with people and our example. We have learned that our actions as Christians can often speak louder than our words.

 

 

Luke


Jesus tells a parable of how important it is to pray and not lose heart. With all the distractions around us it is so easy to forget about God, to do very little in the way in the way of prayer or looking at the Word of God in the Sacred Scriptures as Saint Timothy suggested.

 

 

 

 

 

It might be a good idea in the week ahead to spend some time looking at the daily mass readings.

Click here for the Daily Mass Readings

 

 

Rosary

Most of us use the Internet and you will find that you can pray the Rosary on line. 

 

Click here for information on Praying the Rosary

You can check out the App Store.  Search Rosary for your cell or tablet

 

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Lit of hours

Pray the liturgy of the hours with Morning, Evening, Night prayers on line

 

Click here for Liturgy of the Hours

Search the App Store for Universalis For your cell or tables

 

 

 

 

 

  Prayer with god

 

 

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Twenty Eighth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

 

October 13, 2019

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In the first reading we meet a pagan king, who has contracted leprosy.  He has been advised by his slave girl to go to the Jewish prophet, Elisha.

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He is told by the prophet to bath seven times in the Jordan River, which he thinks is ridiculous, but after some encouragement he finally decides to follow the directions of Elisha, and is cured of his leprosy.

 

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The healing took place certainly by God, but it was the insistence of slave to Naaman to go.  The healing  would not have happened if she had kept quiet.

Our words and actions can lead others to a healing.  And that is what we are called, by our Baptism, to do, that make the healing powers of Christ present in the world today, usually not in some show off way, but in a simple word, smile, gesture, etc. which we may not even think is significant.

 

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Next we hear Paul's second letter to Timothy.
   Saint Paul, in prison and facing execution writes to give Timothy advice, reminders, and courage.

 

 

 

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Even in Paul's sufferings, he is called to write to Timothy to make the word of God present for him.

 The letter must have been  a great help; remember that Timothy was a young bishop in a difficult time, in a difficult city, with many pagans opposed to  him and the Christians.  Timothy needed all the advice and encouragement he received from Saint Paul's care, concern, and prayers that made Christ present.

 

 

 

 

 

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In this Sunday's Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus is on his journey to Jerusalem where he will face his passion and death.  Along the road of his journey he meets ten lepers. Remember that the disease of leprosy is a disease that isolates people from society and was a real curse in those times.

 

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A leper may not mingle with the normal population, but was believed to be very dirty, horrible, person.  If anyone goes near a leper they will become unclean and dirty and rejected by society.



However, Jesus on his journey to death, takes the time to talk to the ten lepers, and tells them what they need to do to be healed, and they are healed.

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We all know the story; how out of the ten only one, a foreigner, a Samaritan, returns and gives thanks.

The others  never return to thank the Lord.

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It's important for us to remember all that God has done for us, leading us to eternal life. How many times during the day do we thank the Lord for all he has given us?

Do we thank the Lord for the people that he places in our lives on a daily bases?

 

We come in contact with people that we may not know, but we see passing on the street, or at the store, and we even if we don't know their names, we know that because of our baptism we are called to make the healing of Christ present to them.

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It is not so much in our words but in our actions. Isn't it amazing how a smile to a stranger will almost always cause a smile to be given back? You never know when that one smiled or one gesture, or one "Hello" or  "Good morning" to a stranger might be the one thing that the stranger needs to make him feel loved, noticed, wanted, of begin to heal.

One question these Sunday's readings suggests to each of us is...

 
Are you, in some way,  healing people everyday.

 

Our baptism was the moment  that God has called us to be the presence of Christ in the world.

There are things, simple things, each of us can do everyday, that take very little effort on our part, so we become a part of Christ's healing of others, known, unknown, even the stranger, who we may never see again.

 

A Smile

A Hello

A Good Morning

A Thumbs Up

Mercy

Patience

Forgiveness

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...and the list can go on and on.

 

 

 

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Will you make the healing of Christ present for other this coming week???

 

 

 

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Twenty Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

October 6, 2019

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It seems that for each of us there are those moments when we wonder why God works the way God does, and why it often takes so long.

 

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Photo Sep 27, 2 41 05 PMIn the first reading, this prophet, who was  living in about 600 BC., was telling God about the bad situation with the people who had turned to idols and concerns about money, possessions, status, etc.  

He wondered why  God was not reacting to any of this.

 

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For each of us today, as in the time of this prophet, we can, at times, question how God works and ask why it can takes so long, perhaps years or even centuries. Only God seems to know the time element of his plans. But we, like this prophet, do often question God.

 

But we have to also reflect on how merciful God is, and that He wants all people, even serious sinners, to reach eternal life.  Remember that Jesus never refused to heal anyone who was a sinner or who has done evil. He knew God had a plan for each individual person, and that time was not the major concern.

 

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In the Gospel, Jesus is helping the apostles to trust in God.
  These words of the Gospel certainly apply to each of us, especially in those moments when we question  how God works and why it takes so long.

 

 

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It is a call for each of us to ask for the gift of faith.

 

 

 

 

In the second reading, St. Paul, who is in prison and waiting for the moment of his execution, writes this second letter to Timothy.

 In this situation, Paul seems to clearly understand that God works in mysterious ways, even in his sufferings and threat of his soon to happen execution.

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We also have to remember the young man Timothy, who was the Bishop of Ephesus.  The situation of the people around him was difficult or almost impossible.  Most were pagans or Jews who did not except the teachings of Jesus and often reported Christians to the Roman authorities.  Many who followed the teachings of Christ were martyred. 

We can imagine that both St. Paul and St. Timothy could have questioned about why God was taking so long, and about why God worked the way He did, but they did not.
They had a deep trust, a faith in God.

 

 

Faith


It is so easy to trust God, to have faith, when things are going well.


But the real test for our faith is in those times that are difficult, those times in which we don't understand, those times that are even impossible.

 

We need to reflect back on what Jesus told his apostles about the mustard seed being so small, and yet, even with a small amount of faith only the size of a mustard seed, wonders can happen.  The same was true for St. Paul in Timothy and the situations that were very difficult for them.

 

So, this week, check out where your faith is in the times that are stressful, or difficult, or even impossible.

 Where is your faith?  

That may be the time to request the same thing  the Apostles had requested of Him...

 

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...and remember in all situations, God is teaching us, so we can reach eternal life.

 

 

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