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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 »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Two very strong phrases are used in this week’s Scriptures, and they beg a response from us. The first from Ecclesiastes is “All is vanity,” the second from Jesus in Luke’s Gospel is, “But God said to him, ‘Fool!’” Will we be a fool and give our life to ... Read More »

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

If you were to ask a person to teach you to pray and they probably will take you to their bookshelf or the local religious bookstore to find one of the myriad how-to books on the subject. Jesus simply taught them a usable format, so powerful that it has had enduring ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

For those of us who are doers, this week’s Gospel Reading provides both a point of identification and a point of challenge. Many of us can see ourselves in Martha. Like her, we get up each morning with a do-list a mile long that we developed during the night as we ... Read More »