Living the Gospel

Sep
27

Living the Gospel – September 29, 2019

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Living the Gospel Today’s readings are a stark reminder to the plight of the illegal immigrants on our Southern border. Even while we may struggle to meet our own needs, we remain aware that we live in a land of plenty. Some people scorn the poor and needy. They feel…

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Sep
20

Living the Gospel – September 22, 2019

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Our Gospel reading reminded me of a blog that Rachel Macy Stafford recently wrote. ‘When I was around 17 years old, I got pulled over by a police officer on my way to school one morning for speeding. I saw my dad drive past on his way to work. All…

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Sep
13

Living the Gospel – September 15, 2019

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What stands out in today’s gospel is where it says “there will be more joy in heaven and angels singing over one sinner who repents, than over ninety nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” Now maybe that does not seem fair to me because I am assuming…

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Sep
6

Living the Gospel – September 8, 2019

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Every day we make commitments. Some are new ones, formulated over our morning coffee, and some are existing ones we are trying to honor, even though we may have made them months, years or decades ago. We are challenged each and every day to remain true to our commitments, but…

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Aug
30

Living the Gospel – September 1, 2019

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“The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.” — Mother Teresa Jesus’ second teaching, in today’s gospel, is directed to those giving the banquet. “When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, for blessed indeed will…

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Aug
23

Living the Gospel – August 25, 2019

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Sunday’s Gospel reading is a very sobering portion of scripture for me. I think it is one of those readings you can easily read over and let it not affect you, but when I really put myself in the place of the person getting the news from God, it is…

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Aug
16

Living the Gospel – August 18, 2019

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Part 1 Today’s Gospel reading has always “put me on edge.” Here is Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the one we always turn to for comfort, speaking of all the divisions His teachings will incur. His heart is heavy. Calvary looms and He is fully aware that opposition to his…

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Aug
9

Living the Gospel – August 11, 2019

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Today’s Gospel reading is relatively long although there is a shorter version which may be read at Mass. The short version, the beginning three sentences implore us to seek everlasting treasure, that treasure that cannot be destroyed. One might say “heavenly treasure” vs “secular treasure” and wealth. This teaching has…

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Aug
2

Living the Gospel – August 4, 2019

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Famous as it is, I have often felt the real meaning of the first reading was escaping me. I think my stumbling block has been trying to understand it with the wrong definition of vanity. Here it doesn’t refer to conceit, the meaning I most often associate with it. The…

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Jul
26

Living the Gospel – July 28, 2019

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“…….how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11:13 Knock. Knock Who’s there? The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who? The point is that many of us do not really know or have not really encountered the Holy Spirit. The…

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