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home : our faith : the word September 28, 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
Aug. 14 - Jeremiah is a prophet for our age
The prophet Jeremiah is one of the most challenging figures of the Old Testament. During the time when the city of Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians, Jeremiah challenged both king and people with the Word of God in a way that left many of them reeling and angry.  More ...
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Aug. 7 - Faith makes demands on believer and unbeliever alike
The question of faith is one that is deeply challenging in our own times. Those who have faith wonder about those who do not, and those who do not look risky with those who do. More ...
Sunday, July 31, 2016
July 31 - The stuff of life keeps us separated from life itself
It is probably safe to say that most people learn the readings for the 18h Sunday of the Year too late in life. More ...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
July 24 - Jesus prays and teaches us to do the same
The image of Jesus at prayer is very common in the Gospels, particularly in St. Luke’s Gospel. More ...
Sunday, July 17, 2016



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