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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

 “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus does not simply say to love God, but qualifies his response by saying we are to love God with all of our heart, with all of our mind, and with all of our soul.. To Jesus, a half-hearted, unreasoned, lukewarm response to God is ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the Gospel Reading the Pharisees are trying to trap Jesus into saying something that can be construed as sedition against the Romans. “Shall we give tribute to the Romans,” they ask Jesus. Jesus’ answer calls attention to the fact that the common currency of the time was Roman ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

The parable in this week’s Gospel reading implies that God had expectations for the people of Israel, and that Israel’s response was disappointing. In this parable the landowner’s legitimate expectations for his tenant farmers were thwarted, even when he sent his son to see that they were carried out. ... Read More »

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the second reading both an evidence of Obedience and an example. Jesus who came as Immanuel, God with us in the flesh, was faced with the humility of becoming human when he was divine, with taking on our sins when he was sinless, and with dying when he was eternal ... Read More »

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In this week’s Gospel reading, It is only natural on a first superficial reading of this passage to find ourselves agreeing with the complainers that the owner of the vineyard was treating them unfairly. But a closer reading and reflection enables us to see that it really isn’t so. This is especially ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

This Sunday we have a challenging Gospel, at this time the concept was that if a brother asks forgiveness three time you should grant it, but if he asks a fourth time you are not obliged to do so. So when Peter asks this question, his suggestion of forgiving ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

This Sunday’s reading in Ezekiel reminds us of the responsibility and power a community of faith has to its individual members and the responsibility and power individual members have to their faith community. We are to watch for one another’s souls, love requires it as the second reading points out. Not ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the Gospel, Jesus is presenting to his friends the real meaning of what it is going to mean to be the Christ and the Son of God. He will have to show up in Jerusalem. There is a deep reality to Jesus’ being the Christ, and a deeper reality ... Read More »

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

The question we find in this week's Gospel reading, “But who do you say I am?” raises the question of Jesus’ authority in our lives. Authority is something everyone knows we need and everyone thinks should be present, but nobody wants to submit to. God plan of authority, and man’s, are ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In this week’s Gospel reading a Gentile mother, was trying to persuade Jesus to heal her daughter. It can be a disturbing passage for it seems like Jesus is a little unfeeling toward this woman’s plight. “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” ... Read More »