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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 9/12/22

My Dear People, 

Thank you to everyone for wishing me a Happy Birthday and for coming to my 75th Birthday celebration. May God bless everyone!

The readings today deal with how people squander their gifts from God and take advantage of others for selfish gains. In the first reading, ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 9/12/22

My Dear People,

Jesus speaks about the “lost son” with two smaller examples from everyday life about the joy of finding something that was lost. Jesus mentions that there will be more rejoicing in heaven over a repentant sinner than ninety-nine just. What Jesus is emphasizing is the importance ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 9/12/22

My Dear People, 

In the gospel of Luke today Jesus tells us: “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brother and sister and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” That is a very dramatic expression. Why did Jesus use ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 8/22/22

The readings of Luke and of Sirach in the Gospel emphasize the virtue of humility. Part of the Old Testament is the idea that God shows His favor to the humble. Great thinkers such as St. Bonaventure have seen that humble devotion is necessary for finding truth: “Spiritual readings ... Read More »

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 8/22/22

When Jesus asks if many will be saved, Jesus uses the example of the narrow gate. Many will try to go through it and will be unable to do so. “A Christian’s struggle must be unceasing, for interior life consists in beginning and beginning again. This prevents us from ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 8/15/22

My Dear People,

Jesus continues to focus on His coming: “I have come to set the earth on fire.”  This fire is different from what Elijah called down from heaven (9:54-55); 2 Kings 1:10). It is associated with a Baptism that Jesus still must receive. The words “fire” and ... Read More »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 8/01/22

My Dear People,

Last week we read from Ecclesiastes, and we learned that all is vanity. The one who built greater granaries was told that was not what he should be really concerned about. In relation to God, he was going in the wrong direction. Today the Gospel of ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 7/25/22

My Dear People, 

JESUS was teaching His Disciples not to be afraid or worry about facing persecution,  when someone in the crowd interrupted, leading to a change of the subject matter.

In response to the man’s demand that Jesus settle an inheritance dispute, Jesus declines with a question that ... Read More »

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 7/25/22

My Dear People,

In this week’s passage, Jesus was praying in a certain place. The focus is not on where it happened but on what Jesus was doing. He was praying. The disciples, who are by now accustomed to seeing Jesus pray, are inspired to enter more deeply into ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 7/12/22

My Dear People, 

Jesus stopped at the home of Martha and Mary to share a meal with them.  Just like  Abraham who had a meal prepared for the three visitors, they, too, were hosting God. Martha and Mary had the opportunity to host Jesus and serve the meal in ... Read More »