Archive for August, 2011

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2011

CONFORMED BY DISCOMFORT

Perhaps Paul sums up the lesson for us today:  Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Last week’s Gospel highlighted Peter as The Rock, but this week he is Satan.  Last week’s confession of faith has been tempered by Peter’s human mind – a mind that desire self-protection over was it ultimately good.

For each of us today, it is easy to profess Jesus as the Christ when life is good, but what about when it gets hard?  Too often, our imagination of the Kingdom is limited by what we can control, but Jesus did not come for that.

This week, we must question our frame of reference.  Is it how do I love or how do I avoid pain?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2; and Matthew 16:21-27)

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 8, 2011

BEYOND OUR FEAR

Our first reading needs a bit of context:  this very famous passage that we all know so well occurs directly after Elijah’s brilliant victory against the priests of Baal atop Mount Carmel.

You would think that Elijah would be thrilled, but instead he is afraid because he has also just learned that Jezebel is out to kill him.  So one moment, he is literally on top of the mountain with pride and joy and the next, he is in the valley of despair.

And in that despair, we have this very famous passage about God, not in some grand display, but in a tiny whisper.  How often do we need such a reminder that God may be silent, but is always there – we only have to train ourselves to see him.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Romans 9:1-5; and Matthew 14:22-33)

NOTE:  As I will be at World Youth Day in Madrid for the next two weeks, there will be no homilies available online.  In the meantime, please keep myself and the many pilgrims at World Youth Day in your prayers.