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Twenty Eighth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

 

October 9, 2022

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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 smile 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

Text A Word of Encouragement

...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 Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time cycle C

October 16, 2022

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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.

 

 

 

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 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.

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Twenty Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

October 2, 2022

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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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Twenty Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

September 25, 2022

 

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Once again, this Sunday we hear from the Prophet Amos.

He has been sent by God to tell the leaders of Judah that they are more concerned about their own luxurious living style than about their concern for the people they are ruling who are in poverty and in need.

It seems that, again and again,  the Chosen People want to be complacent, forgetting all that God has given them, and so they turn to gathering wealth and power, so that they can be comfortable and complacent, not having anything to worry about.  

 Amos was sent to warn them against this.  They have been called to show concern for the poor and needy and not to just have a selfish attitude about their own comfortable lifestyle.

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Perhaps this Sunday is a time for each of us to look at our concern for the needy and the poor, and to see if we have a high priority for Christian charity.

 

Where is the concern for others on our list of priorities today?

 Is it more toward the bottom of our list?

 

 God will always put a less fortunate person into our lives.

Poor person 

How do we react when we have an encounter with someone who is in need, whether that be a friend or a person standing on the street corner with a sign.

 

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Do we simply ignore the situation because it make us uncomfortable, and then we become complacent and go on with our own lifestyle, or do we go out of our way to help that person?  

These Sunday reading are  a wake up call for all of us.

It is so easy to become complacent; to want to be able to sit back and relax and enjoy life, but we are called to go out of our way for others, and not to become complacent as did the Chosen People in the Jewish scriptures that Amos was addressing.

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St. Paul's letter to Timothy addresses him as, man of God, encouraging him with things that he needs to reflect upon. 
We can listen carefully because we too, are a people of God through our baptism.

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We, like Timothy, have been called by name and we were anointed to make God present in the world for others, not only by what we say, but also by our actions, by what we do.

St. Paul tells Timothy and us to pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

 

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The Gospel reading from Luke encourages us to become aware of the needy, and go out of our way for the less fortunate.  
And not surprisingly, God will always put the less fortunate into each of our lives, giving us a chance to respond in love, patience, charity etc.

 

We hear the story of the rich man and the poor beggar, Lazarus, which we all know very well.  Now the task is to apply it to our lives today.

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Let us pray that during this week we may be watchful for the Lazarus that God will put into our lives.

That may be persons in need of having someone to just listen to them, or having someone to be patient with them, or perhaps a person who is in need of mercy or compassion and forgiveness for them.

All of us will encounter Lazarus during the week.

Encounter

Will we recognize that person or simply give some excuse and ignore the situation?

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Will we simply not pay any attention and be complacent with our own life, or will we hear this call from God to fulfill our baptism to make God present for others in the world?

This can be a good week to make some important spiritual discoveries about ourselves.

 

What will you discover???

 

Discover

 

 

 

 



 

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Twenty Fifth Sunday cycle C

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September 18, 2022

 

25th Sunday C

 

 

 

Amos


Amos lived in the eighth century B.C. He was a shepherd who was called by God to go to Israel and to speak in God's name to the people.

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He spoke about the injustices that were done by the upper class against the poor and the helpless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every day God puts the poor and the helpless in the our midst.  Do we see the poor in our midst as we go about our daily lives?  It is so easy, yet when we are busy we don't even recognize them, but they are there.

 
It is not just the materially poor people, but it is also the people who are struggling  with loneliness, rejection, and all other kinds of  problems and they pass us many, many times everyday.

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Do we go out of our way to make God present for all we meet throughout the day???

It can be a quick hello, or perhaps a smile or a nod of the head can make God present to those we counter.

 

God is present

 

Have you ever, when driving, just waved at a person walking on the street.  Amazing.  We seldom think about these little things that make God present for others. Of course there all kinds of ways to make God present, but our first step is to begin to recognize the poor we don't even recognize.

 

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Saint Paul writes this letter to Timothy whom he has appointed to take charge of the church in Ephesus.


This letter was written in the year 65 or 66 A.D. and one of the things he tells Timothy is how important it is to pray for all of people.

 

 

 That message is for all of us as we too, for we were called at our Baptism to pray for all. Perhaps on a certain day you might want to  say a silent and quick, God bless you, for every person you encounter.

God bless

So simple but also so difficult to remember to do every now and then.    

This practice can help us to more and more become aware of our call to pray for others.

 

 


Luke

 

 

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Saint Luke gives us the words of Christ warning those who follow Him not become slaves of earthly things. 

The parable tells us to use money and material goods to also help others.  We might think that only applies to people who are millionaires but that is not true.
It is meant for all of us.


We can spend a lot of our time concerned about worldly goods but a question to ask ourselves is how much time each day do we spend using our material things including money to make God present for others.  It is so easy to be so concerned for our self that we forget that through our baptism we are called to help others .

 

 

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Twenty Third Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

September 4, 2022

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The Book of Wisdom was the last book of the Old Testament that was written in Greek, by a pious Jew, who lived in Egypt during the first century B.C.


It was written to help those Jews who were  facing opposition to their faith by the pagans surrounding them  in Egypt.

They were questioning how God worked and why He was allowing the difficult things happening to them.


There have been times, in most of our lives, when we too questioned  the way that God works.

Why God

We may question why God allows certain things to happen in our lives.  The author of this Old Testament reading gives and indication as to what the reason might be.  He tells them that just as it is difficult to understand some of the laws of nature, so also the things of a loving, merciful God were beyond their comprehension.

 

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The Gospel reading can be a real challenge for each of us as we try to understand what is being asked of us. It is the opposite of how the world seems to think.


As great multitudes accompanied Jesus, He says many things that are difficult for them and for us.

 

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Our reactions to all that Jesus says in the Gospel are a real challenge.

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To be able to accept the difficulties in our lives, that is the cross that the Lord presents to us, is a real struggle at times. We may even ask the question as to why God allows suffering, problems, and difficulties in our lives.

 

 

 

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In some ways it makes no sense, yet through the invitation of Jesus to follow Him, his example,  we come to know  that these questions and struggles are a part of our way to eternal life.

 

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It really comes down to discovering in ourselves, if we are ready to put Jesus first in everything and to renounce all that gets in the way of being his disciple.


We may also find things in our lives that we are not willing to let go of.

 

 

Photo Aug 28, 3 19 59 PMWhen we make those discoveries, our prayer needs to become, help me Lord to let go of those things which have become idols or gods in my own life, as we journey to eternity.

When we hang on to these things so tightly, we often leave no room for the presence of Jesus Christ, as He calls us to follow Him, alone.

 

 

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St. Paul writes this letter while he is imprisoned in Rome. It is the shortest of his letters and at the same time the most personal and touching. 

 

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Paul sees the need for the slave, Onesimus, who has been with him and served him  in his imprisonment, to return to his owner Philemon, and his need to reconcile. We are not told what the difficulty was between Philemon and Onesimus, but reconciliation was needed between these two Christians.

 


In our own lives, sometimes reconciliation is extremely difficult, because we feel that we are not the problem, but that the other person is, and to be called to reconciliation makes no sense at all. We may even think, "I am not giving my life for that person.  They need to come to me first!"

 

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The readings from this Sunday seem to all point out, that often times, God places before us, things that do not make sense in our mentality, but God knows well, that these are the things that leads us to eternal life.  So again and again, in every difficult situation, Jesus invites us to eternal life and to pick up the cross and follow, which is the only way to eternal peace.

 

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Everyday He is inviting us to travel to eternal life!



Come follow me 

 

What is your response today

to His invitation?

 

 


 


 

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Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

September 11, 2022

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All of us experience times of being down and out; times that we see our own sinfulness and wonder how God can ever put up with us.

Or how at times we simply  forget about Him altogether and turn to our own pleasures for support and yet God is always there for us.

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The readings for this Sunday help us to reflect on how much God loves us, and how often He is willing, again and again, to call us back to himself.

 
Paul writes two letters to Timothy.  Recall that Timothy was converted to Christianity during St. Paul's first missionary journey approximately

47 A.D.

 

 

Paul encourages Timothy by expressing his own unworthiness to be called by God.

St. Paul knows well his past sins, and also his present weaknesses, his doubts and fears; yet he realizes how much God loves him and has called him. God  had also called Timothy, and He has called each of us by name at our Baptism.

It is amazing, as Paul points out, that even in those times when we forget God, God will never forget us.

 

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In the first reading, Moses has spent forty days on top of Mount Sinai, receiving the Ten Commandments.  We all know the story about how the Chosen People  became unfaithful as they waited for Moses to return.  So they turned to idols, to paganism to replace God.

 

 

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God tells Moses what the people have done, and that He will destroy the Chosen People and start the whole thing over again.

But Moses intervened for the people, and God says that He will not destroyed the people.

There has always been someone to intercede or pray for us to God, especially in the moments when we have failed God's calling to us.

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We relive that same story of turning from God to idols again and again when we
 turn to our pleasures,  our idols and abandon God, but God has sent his son, Jesus, as the new Moses to intercede for us, so that our sins, our waywardness, can be forgiven, and we are called back to God, moments to rejoice.

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The Gospel reading gives us three parables about rejoicing when that which was lost is found.

 

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We have the parable of the lost sheep,

 

 

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The parable of the woman who has lost a coin and finds it.

 

 

 

 

 

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And the parable of the prodigal son which we all know. 

 

 

 

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At our baptism we were anointed to be prophet, priest, and king.

We are to make sacrifice for others, we are to pray for others, and we are to rejoice when people find their way to God.

 

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As Jesus always went out to the sinners, we too are called to go out of our way for sinners, for those that society or even ourselves reject.

It's interesting to note that the Pharisees were scandalized by Jesus because He associated with unclean people, sinners, tax collectors, prostitutes, etc.


The Pharisees used to gather their robes tightly around themselves when they were in crowds of people, so that they would not accidentally touch a sinner, an unclean person, and be made unclean.

 

 

 

 

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Perhaps a good question to ask ourselves when we are around people that society sees as unclean or sinful is...

...Are we like the Pharisee, or are we like Christ, who associated with the rejects?

 

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This coming week can  be a time that we rejoice because God calls us back and asks once again to make Christ present to others.


Are we willing to go out of our way for others?

Are we willing to sacrifice, to give some of our time, our energy, our money, our mercy and compassion, our listening ear, etc. for others?

 

 

 

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Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

 

August 28, 2022

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The book of Sirach, also known as Ecclesiasticus, was written by a pious Jew who lived about 200 B. C.
He was encouraging his fellow Jews to live a decent life following the law of Moses and the traditions that had been handed down to to them.

Photo Aug 20, 8 34 30 AMHe stressed humility as an important part of life and spirituality which, in the world then and today, found the concept of being humble very hard to accept. We live in today's world that has no place for humility, and is usually felt to show only weakness.

 

 

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The Gospel reading gives us a story of Jesus telling those at a banquet the importance of taking  the lowest seat.

 

 

 

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The whole life of Jesus demonstrates humility.

Where he was born, where he grew up, what he did before his ministry began, who were his followers, how he mixed with the poor, the rejected, etc. and thus lived pretty much a life of humility.

 

 

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We, as Christians, are also called to live that same life of humility; not to take the first place, but to take the lower place.

How do we react when we are faced with rejection or when we want to be right and have all the answers?

Do we do judge others?

 Do we get defensive?

 

When Life seems to give us difficulties, problems, and sufferings, do we ask the question, why me Lord?
I am basically a good person.  This should not be happening to me.

Are we willing to listen to the ideas of others, or do we think that our ideas are superior to theirs?  It takes humility to forgive and forget and God forgives us and gives us great mercy and compassion time after time.   We are called to do the same thing, to be humble as we deal with others.

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We are called to fight against thinking that we know it all, that we are close to being perfect.  

Perfection always gets in the way of spiritual growth because we can think we have already arrived.  

 

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In the second reading, Paul writes to the Hebrews, a Christian community made up of mostly converted Jews who were a very small group among the population.

For them it took humility to listen to the preaching of Paul and to ultimately receive the gift of conversion.

In his letter, Paul is showing them the superiority or the fulfillment of the old in what Jesus gave them.

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Most of us don't see humility or being humbled as a gift from God. 

We, like most of the world, see humility as a sign of weakness.

 

This week

Perhaps this coming week is a good time to look at our moments of what seems like weakness, of humility and to see if we are willing to take the lower seat or do we want the seat of always being right?

 

Or perhaps we will discover we find it hard to be humbled and really believe, as the world does, that humility is a sign of weakness.  

Then it's time to pray for the gift of humility and the ability to see it as a means of spiritual growth in our lives.

Humility is a great gift from God.
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Twenty First Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

August 24, 2022

 

 

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In Time of Problems and Difficulties.....

Ruins

 

Photo Aug 16, 5 36 18 AMThe first reading is addressing the people who have returned from their exile in approximately 538 B.C.

As we can imagine, the people returning and seeing Jerusalem and the country in ruins were deeply depressed. 

 

 

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This author is giving them courage and telling them about the future glory of Jerusalem. The world would come to see these words of future glory completely fulfilled some 500 years later by Jesus Christ the Messiah.  We too, are a part of making that new Jerusalem present in the world today.  We need to understand that God is never rushed by time in carrying out His plans. It may take hundreds of years to fulfill the plan to bring humans to eternal life with Him. 

Prophets

Just as the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures were called to make God present in the world and to give people hope and encouragement, so we too, through our baptism, are called to make God present for others in today's world.

 

 

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How do we do this on a daily basis?

Are we patient with the person who today drives us crazy? 

Are we willing to go out of our way for the person we encounter today, even when that means to drop everything and help?

Are we willing to be merciful today to the person who does not deserve mercy?

 

The prophets  were persecuted, facing suffering and even death.

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That same adventure or journey is there for each of us, leading us to eternal peace and joy.  Sometimes we will be rejected; sometimes there will be great difficulties; sometimes there will be persecutions and hardships; yet we are called to make the mercy and compassion of God present in the world through the way in which we treat others, even when the world believes that some do not deserve compassion or mercy.

 

Photo Aug 16, 5 47 31 AMSt. Paul writes to the Hebrew community and tells them that they must expect hardships and accept them as a part of their training as they journey to eternal life.  We know that the Hebrew Christians faced persecution, often times imprisoned and were even threatened with death.

We, like the early Christians, are called also to make God present in the world at times through our struggles and difficulties.  They are a part of our training to enter into eternal life. There will certainly be moments of great joy, but there were also be moments of struggles and difficulties.

 

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In the Gospel we are reminded that we are on our journey which is to lead us to eternal life. We are also told that we will in our lives, our journey to eternal life, have to choose daily which gate to enter,  narrow or broad.

 

  

Narrow gate

That narrow gate is our love for all people, even the enemy.  

It's a way of life that has mercy and compassion for all people, even the most difficult.


The world teaches us not to choose the narrow gate, but the broader one, the easier gate to get through, and unfortunately that gate does not lead to eternal life.

 There are many times when people, and maybe even ourselves at moments, would really prefer to go through the broader gate, which might, today, even be called the more human way of dealing with things.   The broader gate leads us to feel justified when we feel that hatred and resentment, jealousy and competitiveness, and even revenge, are appropriate.

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The narrow gate is always love to the other person, even to the enemy.

When we find ourselves wanting to go through the broader gate, we need to pray for the courage to be merciful, even to the one who is so difficult and so stressful to us. The way to eternal life is to live the life of Jesus.   We are to be loving, caring and sharing people who walk our life's journey as Jesus did.

 

 

Which gate will you choose the next time there is a struggle, or a difficulty, or a conflict with someone?



There will, no doubt, be days we select the broader gate.  

But the important thing is to recognize what we have done and pray for the grace to choose the narrow gate.  

Do not give up, that is the important thing.  

God is always there for us with His mercy and compassion, no matter how many times we fail.  

Our spirituality develops very slowly, and usually is not even noticeable to us as we grow and develop.  

 

Courage

Today...

...Which Gate?

 

Narrow and Difficult?

Broad and Easy?

 

 

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

 

August 14, 2022

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Why

Why do bad things happen to good people?

 


For most of us, we have all asked that question, if not out loud, certainly to ourselves.

 

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The first reading deals with Jeremiah the prophet.  Jeremiah was chosen by God at a very early age to be a prophet, to make God present to the people.

 
Jeremiah was to continue to urge the people not to give in to the pagan surroundings and beliefs, for they were God's Chosen People 

Jeremiah's intentions were good, knowing that God had called him and given him a mission, yet there were moments when there were great struggles, difficulties, suffering and even moments of coming very close to death.

 
The reading that we hear today is Jeremiah in his old age. He has been telling the political leaders and the people not to spend so much time worrying about political power and material possessions, but to make sure that God was present in how they were fulfilling their mission. They were to make the world ready for the coming of the Messiah.  The kings at the time were not interested in that; they wanted power and material wealth.  They were tired of Jeremiah and so they decided to kill him.

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They threw him into a cistern, a deep pit and he was to die by starvation.

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However, the reading ends with the king changing his mind and draws Jeremiah out of the cistern before he died.

 

 

 

 

 

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So again we can ask the question... why did such bad things happen to Jeremiah, who was a prophet, only trying to fulfill the mission that he had been given by God.

 

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In the Gospel reading, Jesus disciples had begun to understand that He is the Messiah, He is the son of God, and his disciples were excited about that.

In their minds they thought he would become a great political leader with great power. They believed that since they had known and even been friends with him Jesus would make them important leaders when his kingdom came.

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And yet to their surprise they heard the words that we hear in the Gospel.   Jesus has not come to establish peace on earth but rather division.
That is difficult for us to to comprehend because it again ask us the question,

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We can often think that to follow Jesus means no problems, no struggles, no rejections, etc. in our lives because we are Christians only  following Jesus.

 
But Jesus makes it very clear that our mission  to make God present in the world will involve struggles and difficulties as a part of our journey to eternal life.  Jesus showed this in his acceptance of his passion, suffering, and death.  

Jeremiah, the prophets, and the saints, understood that they were to make God present in the world in the good times in life, but also in the struggles of life, the moments of having to face rejection, and even death.

 


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The author, St. Paul, understood that part of the race that we all run in our lives today will have moments when we will be discouraged.  

We may even ask, why bad things happen to us?

 

 

 

St. Paul understood that there would be moments that we have to carry our cross, the things that happen to us that seem  difficult and unfair.


He encouraged the Hebrew Christian community of that time, not to grow weary or lose heart, even in the midst of persecution and struggles and difficulties---even when bad things happened.

 
We can come to understand that for all of us there will be times when bad things will happen.  

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Yet we need to remember that the cross is always a part of our journey to eternal life.

 

 

 

There will be moments of great joy, but there will also be great moments of turmoil and struggle, rejection and disappointment which are all a part of our race, our journey to eternal life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We never ask for more sufferings, more bad things to happen, but when they come and they will, let us pray that what we have heard this Sunday will help us!!!
 
 
As the world treated the prophets, the saints, today's world will treat us...
 
 
Courage
Remember...
 
 
at our anointing at  Baptism was a call by God to be...
 
Prophet... to make God present in the world
 
Priest... to sacrifice for others
 
King... to be a part of the Kingdom
 
We have been called by God...Don't forget this especially when the next struggle happens...
 
 
 
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