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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 10/24/22

My Dear People,

Jericho was located about seventeen miles northwest of Jerusalem and a mile south of its Old Testament counterpart.

Unique to Luke is a man whose name is given: Zacchaeus. In this town that was near the border between Roman-controlled Judea and Perea and on an east-west ... Read More »

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 10/17/22

My Dear People,

Another parable about prayer immediately follows, directed at some who are confident in their own righteousness, Fittingly, a Pharisee represents such self-righteous people who despise everyone else. Appropriately, the other character is a tax collector. The parable compares these two people, as earlier parables compared “two ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 10/17/22

My Dear People,

Congratulations to all the ones who were confirmed this week! 

Today, the first reading from Exodus deals with the problem with the Amalekites. Amalek was a nation of nomads that controlled the northeast part of the Sinai peninsula and the southern part of Negeb. The Amalekites ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 10/17/22

My Dear People,

In order to understand the first reading, you must first know how the situation arrived to the point where Naaman was cured. Naaman was not an Israelite; he was a Syrian (Aramean) Army General, renowned for his military success, including a campaign against Israel.  However, Naaman ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 10/17/22

My Dear People,

What is the meaning of the parable when Jesus speaks about faith being the size of a mustard seed? Our Lord’s words were meant to be encouraging. You may have only a tiny amount of faith but step forward with such faith anyway. You do not ... Read More »

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Posted by Christy .. on 10/17/22

My Dear People,

I want to give a special thanks to Dick Bipes for setting up the bells and for installing a new program that extends the time the bells play. 

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus brings up a debate about Purgatory. Some Protestants insist that ... Read More »

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 »