30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Old Testament reading at this Sunday’s mass is drawn from a long passage of the Book of Exodus which recounts the giving of the Mosaic law at Mount Sinai. At first the words of Exodus are reassuring, reminding us that God is a faithful protector of the innocent and the vulnerable: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien…You shall […]

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whenever this Gospel passage come up with the well-known saying of Jesus; “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” I think of Thomas Jefferson’s view of “separation of church and state” which led to the Supreme Court ruling that stated; “The First Amendment has erected a wall between […]

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Lord’s providence for his holy people is again the theme of this Sunday’s scripture readings, with a focus on the Kingdom of Heaven being the surpassing realization of the prophetic anticipations of the Old Testament. The first such prophecy of God’s gracious kindness to his people comes from Isaiah, arguably the greatest of the biblical prophets and the one from whom we hear most […]

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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The great sage Jesus ben Sirach advises us today regarding the common trap of anger.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he writes: “Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight,” and later, “If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?” (Sir 27:30; 28:5). We have all given in to the temptation to […]

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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

This summer has been marked by a great deal of suffering on the part of many people. Well over 100,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States alone, with hundreds of thousands more around the world. In addition, we are still living under a degree of restriction regarding our freedom to move about and engage in life and […]

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