Tag Archives: Sacred Scripture

Wisdom Waits at the Gate—Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Wisdom 6:12–16; II Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13 Terry Pratchett, a popular science fiction writer, once wrote, “Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” And that, my friends, encapsulates my life as a young adult. … Continue reading

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Fences: Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A

Ezekiel 33:7–9; Romans 13:8–10; Matthew 18:15–20 So when I looked at the readings for this weekend, I immediately thought, “Oh this is going to be ONE OF THOSE homilies.” I will try to let the Holy Spirit do the talking … Continue reading

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A Still, Small Voice: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A

1 Kings 19:9a, 10–13a; Romans 9:1–5; Matthew 14:22–33 I used to be involved in an online discussion group where a fair number of former police officers participated, and the subject of de-escalation came up—that is, how to help people go … Continue reading

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Yoke Yourself to Him—Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Zechariah 9:9–10; Romans 8:9, 11–13; Matthew 11:25–30 My oldest granddaughter, Kennady, has always had a sense for or awareness of the mystical. When she was around 4, Gina was reading to her for the first time from a book of … Continue reading

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Why, Lord?—26th Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Cycle II)

Job 9:1–12, 14–16; Luke 9:57–62 Why do bad things happen to good people? That question seems to be at the forefront of Job’s story. There’s a whole branch of theology that we refer to as theodicy dedicated to this question … Continue reading

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God doesn’t want you to be happy—Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle C)

  2 Samuel 12:7–10, 13; Galatians 2:16, 19–21; Luke 7:36–8:3 God doesn’t want you to be happy. God doesn’t want you to be prosperous. God doesn’t want you to be successful. God doesn’t want you to “be nice” to others. … Continue reading

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Praying for Vocations

Hebrews 6:17–7:2; Matthew 9:35–38 The readings today reflect two different elements of religious vocation, whether to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life. One is that eternal mystery of Christ’s royal priesthood, in which all bishops and presbyters take part, and … Continue reading

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