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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The reason why we can heed these otherwise overwhelming words, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”, is because of a seminal truth that has already taken hold of us: God does not want anything from ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The plotting Pharisees, defiant toward Christ, presume they have the ingenuity to entrap him in his speech.  Yet the Lord takes on the false measure by which these malicious men would measure him, and turns it on themselves.  Before every deceitful effort to outwit Jesus or to expose him ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

One of the most terrifying aspects of the gift of freedom is that it leaves us the option of rejecting God. God prepares an irresistible wedding feast and invites us to it…but so often we refuse.  This is the phenomenon of impenetrability: the refusal to let ourselves be struck ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The landowner who planted a vineyard presupposes that hired tenants can be trusted, that additional servants will be able to obtain his produce, and that, when all else fails, treacherous people will respect the sacrosanct relationship of father and son. In short, the man is looking only for common ... Read More »

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God.” Why? Because when they encountered Jesus Christ, who “did not regard equality with God something to be grasped,” they found in him what they formerly had been looking for in sin.  And that is what made it easy for ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

With a vengeance, the forgiven servant says to his debtor fellow servant, "Pay back what you owe."  In so doing, the ingrate refuses "mercy to another like himself.”  However, "the vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail.” And that is the one thing ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend, when St. Paul says that we are to “owe nothing to anyone except to love one another,” he is not referring to something sentimental. The love that the Apostle enjoins on us is summed up by the Prophet Ezekiel: “If you do not speak out to dissuade ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Last weekend, we heard how Peter affirmed his belief that Jesus was “The Christ, the Son of the living God” and now he seems to be denying it. When Peter tries to deny the Lord his Passion – “God forbid that such a thing ever happen to you!” – ... Read More »

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend we celebrate the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus asks us a question, “Who do you say that I am?” Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, offers the following reflection upon that question:

 

Today, too, “many times we hear within ourselves” the same question that Jesus addressed ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Benedict XVI wrote that faith makes us light, enabling us to escape our own gravity, which drags us down. The terrible trial of a chronically ill child could have wrecked the Canaanite woman’s spirit, weighing her down with despondency and defeat. But faith lifts her from the heaviness ... Read More »