Archive for October, 2012

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2012

SEEING THE WORLD ANEW

In many respects our Gospel today, sums up the whole of the spiritual life.  This is not just about a blind man; rather, about all of us, for we are all in need of new vision.

The story begins at Jericho, which is not lost on the crowd of Jesus.  It is a place associated with sin, literally down the road from Jerusalem – the city of God.  And it is in this sinful place that we find Bartimaeus.

The fact that Mark used his name means that this story is probably historically true and left a real impression the later followers of Christ.  Why is that?  Perhaps because Bartimaeus called Jesus “Son of David” – essentially recognizing him as the Messiah.

Too many of us walk through this world unintentionally.  We are blind to the many ways God is working in our daily life.  This Sunday is an invitation to change that.

CLICK HERE  for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52)

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2012

INTENTIONAL LITTLE WAYS

Ambition is a problem for all of us, and this Sunday we encounter that it is also a problem for Sts. James and John.

Some of us may even be astonished at their command of Jesus: Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you. To be specific, they want the glory and honor of sitting at Jesus’ right and left.

However, we must all be careful what we ask for; for surely they do not understand the implications of what they are asking.

This is not to say all amibtion is bad, but their reason for their ambition is at question.

All of this leads us to a question: what do we do with our ambition and how do we keep a healty balance?

CLICK HERE  for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45)

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 15, 2012

MORE

In today’s Gospel, the rich, young man approaches Jesus with a simple, yet profound question: What must I do to inherit eternal life?

This young man is already following the law and living a good life, but now he wants more. And MORE is precisely what is at the heart of all of us. No matter what our profession of belief, everyone has a hunger for eternity and legacy.

We want to be better tomorrow than we are today, but what must we do in order to achieve that?

Jesus responds to that young man: sell everything, but it was too hard for the man and he walked away. What is it that keep us from knowing and being more than we are today?

CLICK HERE  for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30)

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 8, 2012

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

If I were to ask you to associate a word with Church and Sex, my bet is NO would be at the top of your responses; however, our readings today support something far different.

Jesus statements on divorce and then illustration of children speak to a much stronger desire for healing and right relationship over rules and laws. Love requires accountability and discipline becuase it is not just about how much two people love one another; rather how much they love together God and the things of God.

Still, society often gets it wrong. Our challenge, however, is not to condemn but affirm. We must ask ourselves this Sunday what we are doing right in our relationsips?

CLICK HERE  for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 128; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16)