Archive for August, 2012

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 27, 2012

ADAPTATION AND RENEWAL

Our readings today call us to renewal and adaptation in changing times. Each of our readings today represent a time of crisis in ancient religion – a crisis that many could say parallels the religious crisis in our own day.

When the Israelites first vowed to serve the Lord, they did so under Moses and in a different land. Now they are led by Joshua in the land of Canaan. Their way of life has changed – the way they worshipped has changed – the place they worshiped: changed; their leadership: changed. Sound familiar?

In the midst of such change, we hear the promise of the people – the renewal of their vow to the Lord. Our Gospel continues this thought, as it picks up from last week Jesus says, I am the living bread come down from heaven, whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have life eternal.

This is indeed a difficult statement to accept and perhpas some us will turn away as some of the disiciples did. But for those of us who stay, what will be the reason we stay?

CLICK HERE for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Joshua 21:1-2,15-17,18; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:2,25-32; John 6:60-69)

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 19, 2012

EUCHARIST EXPLAINED

Theologian Ronald Knox observed, ‘That the vast majority of Jesus’ commands: to love one’s enemies, to turn the other cheek, to forgive 70 times, among others; have largely been unsuccessful in their imitation, but not the Eucharist. It seems Christians have known from the very beginning that the spiritual life depends on the Eucharist, the same way physical life depends on food and water.’

However, my concern is that, while we most certainly have this sense of remembrance, importance and dependence on the Eucharist, we have become rather casual in our approach to it. You could even say that because it is always there, we take it for granted. But I also think it is because we do not really understand what IT is.

So this Sunday, I would like us to head the words of our first reading from Proverbs and advance the way of understanding; and the words from our second reading to the Ephesians: not to continue in ignorance – so that we may understand precisely what Jesus means when he says ‘I am the living bread’

CLICK HERE for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58)

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 13, 2012

HUMBLE CONFIDENCE

Our theme this week is very similar to last week – how quickly we forget all the good God has done.  However, this week, it is not the Israelites who are the focus, but Elijah – one of the great prophets. . . and he suffers from the same kind of memory loss that we do.

Our reading picks up just after Elijah caught fire from Heaven and beat the prophets of Baal.  Now, he is in the desert praying for death – much like the Israelites last week.

And much like the Israelites, an angel comes to Elijah and gives him food and drink.

But here is what I love – the Angel acknowledges the difficulty of the journey.

But in the Gospel, Jesus sharpens the point – Jesus says HE is the bread from heaven.  Again, much like last week – belief in Christ will ultimately satisfy all our appetites.

CLICK HERE for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51)

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 6, 2012

A BELIEF MORE NOURISHING THAN KNOWLEDGE

How quickly we can forget the good things and dwell on the bad!  In our first reading from Exodus, we hear the Israelites grumbling about their time in the desert after the Exodus.  It seems they have already forgotten all that God just did for them as he lead them out of captivity.

But the Lord continues to provide – raining down bread from heaven, but there is a test as well – a test to see if they will follow the Lord’s instructions or not.

What are those instructions?  To take only what you need for the day so that others may have their fill as well; and trust that God will provide for tomorrow.

We too, must believe.  We must have confidence that, if we have followed God where God has lead us, then God will not abandon us; But we get so anxious.  We want to know much more than we want to believe. . . but belief has hope that knowledge does not.

CLICK HERE for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35)