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"the tree is old but it's...Still full of sap..." Ps. 92:14 (NAB) # St. Blog's Parish ? >>

Published: 2016-10-26T14:56:55-04:00


Did Zack Have a Sudden Conversion?


In the scriptures for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 30, 2016) we will hear about a man who has changed. Zaccheus (Zack), unlike the tax collector from last Sunday's Gospel, has done very well for himself. Yet he...

An Overconfident Pharisee


The scripture readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 23, 2016) warn good people of a spiritual danger. Somewhere (I don't remember where) in John Henry Newman's writings there is a magnificent paragraph about how self confidence and...

The Widow Knew that the Judge COULD Restore Her


The scripture readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct. 16th, 2016) emphasize persistence in prayer. In Ex 17:8-13 Moses needed help in praying during Israel’s day long battle with the Amelek. In the gospel (Lk18:1-8), Jesus commends the...

Hiding Doesn’t Work for Charlie Brown - or for Us


There is, to my mind, a convergence between a recent Peanuts cartoon and the scripture readings for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 4, 2016). In the cartoon: Lucy: "Why are you hiding under the bed?" Charlie: "School starts...

On the Proper Motives for Accepting Honor and Recognition


In the scriptures for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 28, 2016) we hear the story from Luke about a wedding reception in which a guest chooses a place of high honor at the table. Jesus advises that we...

Training for Entry


Here are two reflections on the scriptures for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug 21, 2016). Taking advantage of the three year cycle, I’m repeating blog postings from 2013 and 2010. ————————— August 21, 2013 From Tarshish Through the...

How Should Christians Live When We Are Aliens in Our Own Culture?


This blog posting below is from the Twentieth Sunday on August 14, three years ago. The scene is different in Europe and the United States now. Still we would do well to live by the words of Jeremiah 29. ——————————————...

Aretha sings “People, Get Ready.”


The scripture readings for Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 7, 2016) remind of us of Aretha Franklin’s song People, Get Ready, "People get ready, for the train to Jordan It's picking up passengers from coast to coast Faith is...

Two Previous Explanations of Paul’s Injunction to “Put to death parts of you that are earthly:…”


When we come to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 31, 2016) the Scripture Readings challenge us to the core of our being. The lectionary readings for Sunday are in a three year cycle. Here e reflections from the...

The Spirituality of Enough


The lectionary is structured so that the Old Testament and Gospel readings are thematically related each Sunday. The relationships for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time is based on persistence in prayer - and trusting that God will supply what...