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Oct. 23 - Hubris gets in the way of conversion
Political election season is often filled with an air of hubris and that holier-than-thou rhetoric that can get very nasty.  More ...
Monday, October 17, 2016

Oct. 30 - A tax collector teaches us mercy
Jesus knew well how to do what conventional custom deemed the “wrong thing.” Upon entering Jericho Jesus sees Zacchaeus the tax collector who climbed a tree to see Jesus. More ...
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Oct. 16 - Persistence in prayer changes minds and hearts
There seems to be a stark contrast between the First Reading and the Gospel on this 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The scene from Exodus is a battle scene where as Moses prayed the troops were successful in their military encounter. More ...
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Oct. 9 - Sometimes those on the outside see what we miss from the inside
Shortly after I was ordained a priest, I visited a parishioner in his 90s who was in hospice and nearing the end of his life. More ...
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Oct. 2 - Faith is a gift to be shared
“Lord, increase our faith.” At first glance this seems like a noble and worthwhile plea. But, given all that we have seen of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, should it be a surprise that he turns even this request around?  More ...
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sept. 25 - Lazarus appears to us in many forms
In our Gospel for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells the parable about a rich man who learned to comfortably ignore Lazarus the beggar who longed to eat even of the scraps that fell from his table. More ...
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Sept. 18 - We cannot swindle our way into eternal life
The parable that we hear for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is one of the more confusing both in content and structure.  More ...
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sept. 11 - The Prodigal is a parable for our times
The so-called parable of the “Prodigal Son” that we hear on Sept. 11 places an emphasis on the son and his relationship to both his father and older brother. More ...
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Sept. 4 - Jesus tells us to hate whatever gets in the way of discipleship
The absolute demand of discipleship is a consistent theme around which Luke emphasizes the teaching of Jesus. In the passage for the 23rd Sunday of the Year Jesus challenges us with some very strong language and clear images. More ...
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Aug. 28 - We must strive to be the least in the Kingdom

Jesus enters the home of a Pharisee and seems to be amused at the scrum centered around who gets what seat and who gets to sit with whom. We have all been there.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Aug. 21 - Salvation is the hidden goal of discipleship

"Lord, will only a few people be saved?"

This question which we find here in our Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time is a question that should both challenge and confuse us.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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