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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 27, 2019: God hears

The focus here is a single line from today’s Psalm response. “The Lord hears the cry of the poor” (Ps 34:7). My one observation on that statement is this: God hears the sighs of people in need, and the way he answers is by sending us. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 20, 2019: What’s in a word?

In today’s second reading, St. Paul invites us to pause and reflect on the word of God as it comes to us in the Scriptures. We are invited to go beyond the many words that make up daily life to the one divine word, who is God. St. Paul reflects on the origin of God’s word, its relevance for life and the call to take time to hear and reflect on God’s word. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 13, 2019: ‘This Foreigner’!

In our society, “good Samaritan” is a familiar phrase. There are “Good Samaritan” laws and Good Samaritan hospitals. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 6, 2019: Increase our faith

“Increase our faith,” the apostles say to Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel. Their request to Jesus becomes our prayer as we contemplate God’s word today. Once the disciples meet Jesus, their lives are not the same. For any and every encounter with Jesus is life-changing. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 29, 2019: Such a fine story!

  In a certain city, there was a nonprofit organization that worked to alleviate hunger. They would collect still-good food donated by grocery stores and restaurants and deliver it to community centers and churches that would distribute it to people who needed it. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 22, 2019: God or mammon?

“You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.”

      “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: Put second things first and we lose both first and second things.”

      These words of C.S. Lewis, the well-known Christian writer, capture the essence of today’s Gospel message. They remind us that putting God first is the way to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, putting God first is the only path to true Christian discipleship. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 15, 2019: More than forgiveness, please

Today’s first reading and Gospel both illustrate God’s mercy. In the first, God shows himself willing to forgive the Israelites for worshipping a golden statue of a bull, in clear violation of his instructions. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a story about a father who welcomes home a ne’er-do-well son who has squandered a good deal of the family property. Continue reading

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