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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Chapter 15 of Luke's gospel is the "Lost and Found" chapter. The headline: "Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to Jesus to listen to him, but the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.'" Tax collectors were among the most despised of...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time In his ongoing catechesis under the framework "Journey to Jerusalem," Luke continues to astound readers with difficult material for instruction. In this Sunday's gospel reading he seems to have reached the limits of problematic sayings attributed to Jesus. He writes, "If anyone comes to me without...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time The substance of this Sunday's gospel reading is an instruction on humility, but the reading does not begin that way. Luke writes, "One Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler who was a member of the Pharisees." In the gospels a "ruler" is usually a member of the Great Council in Jerusal...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke's ongoing catechesis is still under the heading, "The Journey to Jerusalem." Thus Luke begins, "Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went, making his way to Jerusalem." That journey is a journey to a difficult ending - the cross. In view of the cross, Luke places difficult i...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 12:49-53 (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps. 40:2, 3, 4, 18; Hebrews 12:1-4) The immediately preceding context, which was also last Sunday's gospel reading, centered on the end time and the return of Jesus, although in somewhat veiled language. What now follows in Luke's gospel seems to also be relate...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Old Testament has two documents now called 1 & 2 Chronicles. The name of these two books in the Greek version of the Old Testament is found occasionally in old English Bibles. The name is Paralipomenon. It means Leftovers. This would also be a good name for the collection of materials Luke...
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C LUKE 12:13-21 (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Ps. 90:3-4,5-6,12-13: Colossians 3:1-5,9-11)   Luke presents important themes one after another. Last Sunday's theme: prayer and perseverance in prayer. The week before: discipleship for women. The week befor...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C LUKE 11:1-13 (Genesis 18:20-32; Ps. 138:1-2, 2-3,6-7,7-8; Colossians 2:12-14)   Prayer is one of several major themes of Luke's gospel and is the subject of this Sunday's gospel. Luke begins, "Jesus was praying in a certain place...." As was noted i...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus visits his friends, Martha and Mary. Luke writes, "As they went on their way, Jesus entered a village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary...." The Lectionary omits "As they went on their way," but it is Luke's important reminder that Jesus & Co. are on a...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke begins, "A scholar of the law stood up to test Jesus, and said...." A scholar of the law in the New Testament is more commonly known as a scribe. The "law" is not civil law or canon law but the Torah, the laws of Moses and everything else contained in the first five books of the Bible. His que...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016