30th Sunday of the Year

An interesting contrast presents itself in this Sunday’s scriptures:  in the second reading, from the Second Letter to Timothy, Saint Paul uses the image of a successful athlete to describe his journey of faith. He says: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown […]

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28th Sunday of the Year

The last two Sundays masses of September we heard from the prophet Amos, who inveighed against the lack of fidelity and the ruthlessness of many in the northern Kingdom of Israel, often called Samaria. The first Sunday of October we witnessed his fellow prophet Habakkuk thundering against the people of Judah. Today we hear a […]

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26th Sunday of the Year

Amos is arguably the earliest of the great prophets whose names are given to books of the Old Testament.  He was an older contemporary of Hosea and Isaiah and a predecessor in the prophetic ministry of Micah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others whom the Lord raised up to rouse his people, Israel.  In today’s reading […]

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The passage this weekend is known as The Parable of the Dishonest Steward.  A steward was responsible for the management of his master’s possessions. It seems that this steward squandered those possessions, rather than investing them so as to increase the value.   He was serving two masters: his employer and himself.  As usually happens with […]

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24th Sunday of the Year

Asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are the beautiful themes for this week’s Sunday readings.  The fact that all of us are always in need of mercy on one count or another reminds me of the instructive rhythm of the Church’s Lectionary cycle:  we hear the same messages again and again precisely because we need to […]

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22nd Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings clearly direct our attention to the importance of being generous and charitable to all, especially to the poor. The great sage Jesus ben-Sira (commonly called Sirach) begins this instruction with a reflection on the bond between humility and almsgiving; the Psalmist continues the theme, writing how our own kindness to the poor is […]

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