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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time The longest section of Luke's gospel, called "The Journey to Jerusalem," is almost ended. The journey began at Luke 9:51, where Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem." The journey became a framework for Luke's catechesis - including difficult material for his Christian Community to absorb. Even th...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Another parable - this one aimed at a fault common to many, and not just in the time of Jesus or the time of Luke. The parable addresses "those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised others." The probable meaning of "their own righteousness" in this context: reliance on one's ow...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time The next item on Luke's catechetical agenda is prayer. The instruction begins with a parable "about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary." The parable describes a judge "who neither feared God nor respected any human being." Hardly the kind of character we would want to occu...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Once again Luke reminds us that Jesus & Co. are "on the way to Jerusalem." It is amusing and well known among scholars that Luke had problems with Palestinian geography, and so he writes, "Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee." No one has ever deciphered where to locate "between...
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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time On this Sunday both Luke and the liturgy give us a break from the theme of Christians and wealth. The author seems to have returned to miscellaneous material which does not fit any particular context. This part of Luke's gospel is still under the framework of the "Journey to Jerusalem," a long sect...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time The major theme of last Sunday's gospel was Christians and wealth. Luke presented his teaching on this theme through a story about a crooked manager who got caught and fired. Following that story, Luke gathered sayings attributed to Jesus about the honest and dishonest use of wealth. The final sayi...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME After a half century and more of studying, teaching, and writing about the gospels, it should be possible to some extent to observe at work the mind of the author of a given gospel. The authors are not writing biographies of Jesus but catechetical instruction about Jesus. They use oral and written...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

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