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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 »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the disciples' experience in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus must have seemed far off. He went up to the mountain to pray and they were several furlongs from the land in a boat that was about to be swamped by wind and wave. But they learned that distance did not separate ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the First Reading, God promises that he will feed his people well. Given this promise, the story in the Gospel Reading makes perfect sense: Jesus feeds the people who come to him with bread, the kind of ordinary bread that a person needs for his body to live. ... Read More »

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

We live in a great Country, we have freedoms and money to acquire things, hopefully we have realized that nothing can compare to Jesus who gives us eternal life and peace! We need to see that Jesus is the new “treasure” buried in the field of humanity. Once we ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Three parables challenge our imaginations while encouraging our faith in today’s Gospel. Jesus again uses simple every-day things to invite a response of faith from his hearers. The first parable is somewhat similar to last week's parable about the sowing of good seed. Jesus explains this one clearly, but only ... Read More »