Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-42 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14Lk 17:5-10 Faith and Service When we hear the opening words of this Sunday’s first reading from Habakkuk we may well think of our own society today and how many of us think and feel about what’s happening around us. “How long, O LORD?  I cry for help but you do…

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Am 6;1a, 4-71 Timothy 6:11-16Luke 16:19-31 Complacency “Woe to the complacent in Zion!” This startling sentence is found in the first reading this Sunday. What if it was edited to say woe to the complacent in Pepper Pike, Euclid, Shaker Heights or wherever it is that you live? Could you be described as complacent when…

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8:4-71 Timothy 2:1-8Luke 16:1-13  Shrewdness The opening lines from the first reading from the Prophet Amos set the tone for the day. “We must make use of everything we have and do everything we can to be part of the Kingdom when the time comes.” We’re also warned that there will be a day…

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Ex 32:7-11, 13-141 Tm 1:12-17Lk 15:1-32 Images of God and Self Sunday’s gospel begins with the following words: “’Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’” Hearing in Luke’s gospel is a sign of…

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Wis 9:13-18bPhmn 9-10, 12-17Lk 14:25-33 Committed Discipleship Spend some time watching TV and you will be offered a plethora of suggestions to choose from to make your life better, more attractive, more entertained, more of whatever media implies you need to be happy and complete. The gospel reading for Sunday offers an idea that is…

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Heb 12:18-19, 22-24Gospel. Lk 14:1, 7-14 Humility The first reading from the Book of Sirach for this Sunday’s liturgy tells us, “My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.” Jesus…

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Is 66:18-21 Heb 12:5-7, 11-1Lk 13:22-30. The Narrow Gate I recently saw a cartoon about who will enter heaven. There were two lines at the door to heaven. The one on the left was labeled “preapproved” and it was filled with all sorts of animals quickly passing through. The one on the right was long and…

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…