Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10Hebrews 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53 Commitments We were warned by Jesus in last Sunday’s Gospel that our commitment to Jesus requires us to honestly look at our attitude toward material possessions. We are to change and take seriously our moral responsibilities for our relationships with God and others. This Sunday’s gospel encourages us to look…

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 18:6-9Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19Luke 12: 32-48 Readiness “Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”  These words from the Gospel Acclamation set the tone for Sunday’s gospel. Jesus wants us to share in God’s Kingdom but we have to be ready to do that. He tells…

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23Col 3:1-5, 9-11Lk 12:13-21 Wealth and Detachment In Sunday’s gospel Jesus is teaching his disciple with a crowd around him.  Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator? ” Then he…

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Gn 18:20-32Col 2:12-14Lk 11:1-13 Prayer and a Contemplative Attitude In today’s reading Luke provides us with the core of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. Jesus teaches the prayer we call the Our Father to his disciples. He then shares a parable on the persistent neighbor as way of understanding the need to be persistent in our…

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gn 18:1-10aCol 1:24-28Lk 10:38-42 Contemplation: The Importance of Listening Last Sunday we reflected on the Good Samaritan who acted with compassion on behalf of a person in need. Today we look at a woman who understood the importance of taking time to be quiet and listen to what God is asking of us. These are…

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Good Samaritan

Deuteronomy 30:10-14Colossians 1:15-20Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan In today’s gospel Jesus is tested by a scholar of the law. In the gospels of Mark and Matthew it is Jesus who is asked about what is the greatest commandment, but in Luke Jesus asks the scholar which commandment is the greatest. He answers correctly when he…

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 66:10-14cGal 6:14-18Lk 10:1-12, 17-20  The gospel from last Sunday spoke to us about being called. Today one of the main themes is about discipleship. We often hear stories about the twelve apostles but we know that Jesus had many more close followers beside the apostles. In the gospel for today Jesus sends out seventy-two…

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Kgs 19:16b, 19-21. The LORD Gal 5:1, 13-18. Lk 9:51-62. One of the themes in Sundays readings is that of call. In the first reading from the Book of Kings Elisha is called to be Elijah’s attendant. Later in the same book, following Elijah’s death, Elisha takes his place as a prophet. His call is difficult but…

Corpus Christi

Genesis 14:18-201 Corinthians 11:23-26Luke 9:11b-17 Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging…

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Prv 8:22-31Rom 5:1-5Jn 16:12-15 Are you conscious of the fact that every time you make the sign of the cross you are invoking the Holy Trinity? Every time you pray the Glory Be you expand the original sign of the cross. The common invocation is “In the name of the Father, and of the Son,…