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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the Gospel Reading, the apostles see someone who is not among the group of Christ’s disciples but who is casting out demons in the name of Christ anyway. When the apostles perceive the man doing a miracle in Christ’s name, they tell him to stop it. Today we ... Read More »

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In this week’s Gospel reading we see Jesus pick up on this conflict of motives that surrounds our relationship to others. While Jesus was preparing these disciples for his imminent arrest, abuse, death, and resurrection, his followers were preoccupied with debating who of them would be the greatest. His ... Read More »

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus also challenges the disciples to choose whether they will be on God’s side or not, implying that God’s side would entail the suffering, rejection and death of himself, their leader. We might say what Peter said that Jesus should be spared of this, ... Read More »

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Like the man in this week’s Gospel reading many of us have a similar malady. Though we may not have a physical impediment of speech and hearing, we are tuned out to the spiritual and miraculous realm which exists around us. Though we can see evidence of God’s handiwork ... Read More »

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Jesus then said to the Twelve in today's Gospel, In today's Gospel the point of Jesus’ rebuke was the Pharisees’ hypocritical concern about minute, man-made details of religious observances, while simultaneously harboring hearts overflowing with deceit and sin. Sacred Scripture tells us that God does not look on the ... Read More »

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Jesus then said to the Twelve in today's Gospel, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” Are we convinced that Jesus ... Read More »

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by Ruth Henley

The Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a time for us to find hope through Mary’s life and example. She has preceded us to heaven as testimony to that bodily resurrection to which all followers of Christ can look forward with joy. Her life and the ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

 Jesus scandalized these Jewish minds by claiming that, “I am the living bread,” and suggesting that they must eat his flesh, the Bread of Life. We should make no mistake, in their minds Jesus was not speaking figuratively. It was the literalness of Jesus’ remarks that scandalized them. And ... Read More »

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

 “Our ancestors ate manna in the desert.” What is the food you need for your life’s journey? Why do you think Jesus comes to us as bread or even as food/nourishment? We need to be reminded that everything comes from God, everything we have is a blessing from God. ... Read More »

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In difficult times do you see the donut, or the hole? Is the glass half-empty, or half-full? More importantly when you see the glass as half-empty and there is a need for a full glass, do you see God as fully capable of supplying the missing portion?  This week’s ... Read More »