Archive for September, 2011

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 26, 2011

FAIRLY FORGIVEN

The Gospel this week picks up where we left off last week.

Let’s take the sons we hear about in the Gospel this week out of the vineyard and put them in a context we can relate to.

The first says, “Yes Lord, I will go to church and I will say my prayers”, but does not help those in need or speak about the importance of God in their life and acts selfishly.

The second has no interest in God and does not go to church because he has never seen the value in it, but takes care of those in need and tries to understand what is true and what is not recognizing that he has much to learn.

Which of these does the Father’s will?

This week we are led into a examination of conscience – one that will undoubtedly cause all of us to pause.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Ezekiel 18:25-28; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; and Matthew 21:28-32)

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 19, 2011

KNOWING OUR LIMITS

How many of us have ever said, If I were God, I would do things a bit differently.?  If you haven’t before, today’s Gospel may bring about that feeling.  The story of the labourers in the field is one tha challenges our sense of justice.

How many of us ever wonder:

  • Why do wicked seem to prosper and good people suffer?
  • Why are saints ignored while sinners are the cover of magazines?
  • Why do the lazy often receive more reward than the hard-working?

The same sort of questions are also asked throughout the scriptures.

But these questions are always limited, for they are asked from a limited point of view on a limited horizon.

This Sunday we are challenged to recognize the limits of our sight and understanding.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 55:6-9; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32)

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 11, 2011

PATIENCE AND PROCESS

As the world remembers the horrific events of 9/11, God provides us with an important lesson.  We are to forgive, not just for the sake of others, but for our own sake as well.

You cannot rush forgiveness.

It is a process and so if you want to know why it is so difficult to forgive each other, it is because it is synonymous with being patient with each other.

This Sunday, we consider that process and break through some of the misconceptions of anger.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Sirach 27:30-28:7; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35)

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 5, 2011

LOVE LEADS TO CORRECTION

One of the more difficult aspects of the Kingdom of God concerns fraternal correction, which is the subject of all three readings today.

But too often our correction has more to do with us than with others.  It becomes a chance to prove ourselves right and the other wrong.

But St. Paul tells us that “Love does not do evil to the neighbor; hence it is the fulfillment of the law.”

This Sunday, we find out of we might avoid the pitfalls and be successful in our efforts to correct other and how them and us accountable to the Gospel we profess.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20)