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3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

This Sunday we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, an opportunity for us to rejoice!   Hopefully we have truly entered into the Advent Season, it could be easy to go through the Advent and Christmas seasons totally missing the meaning of them and the ensuing joy they should produce. In the Gospel reading ... Read More »

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

Peace comes from the assurance that God is in control of history, working his will even in the face of man’s inhumanity to man. He has our eternal welfare within his control. Thus, we need not fear death or eternity. In this passage, Jesus warns “some of you they ... Read More »

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

The Pharisee, though also very legalistic, did believe in the resurrection, angels, spirits, and the coming Messiah. So the controversy about heaven was ever present in the religious life of Jesus' day. In their attempt to prove their point, the Sadducees asked Jesus a rather convoluted question involving the ... Read More »

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

The important  message from our Gospel today is that Jesus doesn't look only on the outward man but looks on our heart. In Zacchaeus, Jesus saw a genuine seeker of truth. No doubt, years of dishonesty were weighing heavily upon Zacchaeus and, when he heard rumors of this man, ... Read More »

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

Jesus, in this Sunday's Gospel, commended the publican for his spiritual honesty rather than condemning him for being such a terrible sinner. This is an important concept to grasp. As far as Jesus is concerned, honest contrition warrants justification,  whereas dishonest self-justification warrants condemnation. When we attempt to justify ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

it is no wonder that Jesus talked, and taught so much about prayer with his disciples. It is the most powerful discipline we have at our disposal for involving the power of God. In this week's Gospel reading, Jesus teaches a valuable aspect of prayer, the one Moses illustrate ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus encounters ten lepers who were in need of healing. Ten lepers were cleansed, or cured, of their leprosy, but only one was healed. When the ten cried out “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us,” they were aware of their physical need to stop ... Read More »

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

It is helpful to know the context of this week's Gospel reading in order to understand its meaning and application to our lives. In the previous verses, Luke 17:1-4, Jesus explains to the disciples, "Take heed to yourselves, if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive ... Read More »

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

When we recognize that the rich man was not in Hades for committing some terrible crime but that his predicament was brought about by his unmerciful lifestyle, it should cause us to pause and think. Do we walk around and ignore the less fortunate that we encounter? Are we oblivious to ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Kathy Bull

It might sound strange, but God wants to find us as much as, it not more than, we want to find God. Yes, God needs us as much as we need God. God is not the patriarch who stays home, doesn't move, and expects his children to come to ... Read More »