24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

“My friend Mark Shea had an experience that speaks volumes about the spiritual literacy of twenty-first-century Americans. He was at work when his coworker’s radio began playing Joan Osborne’s “If God Was One of Us.” Mark’s coworker looked thoughtful for a moment and then said, “Wouldn’t that be a great idea for a story?” Mark said, “What?” She replied, “Suppose God became a human being. Wouldn’t that make a great story?” The woman speaking was a college-educated professional living and working in the heart of one of the great urban centers of a nation ostensibly filled with Christians. She was
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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, The Holy spirit profoundly touched Jessica. She came on a weekend retreat after having put up with months of pestering from her friends.  She never knew how much God loves her.  She had had a difficult life up to the day she entered the retreat.  Her mother was quite troubled; all too often in institutes for those with mental troubles to be able to be much of a mom. Jessica’s father though was always a good man. Though too occupied with his wife to be able to be there for Jessica; he did all he could.  During this
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus, marking how the guests at a dinner choose out the seats of honour for themselves, gives them what appears a good piece of worldly prudential counsel. Rather than take the first place, and then having to live through the shame of being “downgraded” in front of everyone when a more honourable guest arrives, take the lowest place, then if the host does decide to “upgrade” you later you will be honoured by all! In saying this though what Jesus is really aiming at awakening is the humility that comes from living one’s life
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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, Three reasons why God might say “I do not know where you come from!” A gospel like today’s might make me worry if I did not hope in God’s mercy. I have confidence that He is greater than my weakness, and He gives me the courage to fight.  But facing today’s gospel, I find the narrow door to be challenging. Will I be able to make it through the narrow door? I also find the following line to be quite a challenge: “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets”, but he will reply,
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, In this gospel passage we get an insight into the desire of Jesus.  The coming of the Son into this world is for a definite purpose – He comes on a mission!  The Son, being God from all eternity, came into this world and became one of us.  His name is Jesus, which means God saves; the mission and the Person of Jesus come together in a seamless way.  This mission of Jesus fills his every thought and desire.   He has come to set the world on fire and how he wishes it were blazing!  Fire burns
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19th Sunday in Ordinary tIme (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Hero’s Journey “The Jungian psychologist Jordan Peterson is, in many ways, an early twenty-first century version of Joseph Campbell, and perhaps the central archetype that they both explored is that of the hero’s journey. As both Campbell and Peterson have recognized, the Bible is a treasure trove of hero’s journey stories. But what makes the biblical accounts so distinctive is that God is the one who is drawing and prompting the journey; in fact, the Bible tells the story of God’s own hero’s journey!” Bishop Barron The hero’s journey is a fundamental archetype of the human psyche. It begins
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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, Two weeks ago, we heard Christ exhort Martha to be attentive to what truly is necessary, that is, to welcome the presence of Christ and not be taken by worries and anxiousness in all the things that she does. Last week, Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s prayer and to encourage them to have the boldness to ask, seek and knock, for the Lord will surely give us what we ask for, most especially, the gift of the Holy Spirit, if we ask for it. Today, following the teachings of Christ from the two past Sundays, Jesus tells
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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, Every family needs constant renewal.  If we are not the slightest bit aware of this, we are ignorant, and we are perhaps already in a dangerous place.  Renewal is first of all interior.  It is about a conversion of our own hearts.  The Gospel today gives us a few keys to renew our families and our own way of seeing the world around us. Here are four keys: 1.:  When asked how to pray, in the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus says: “Father, may your name be held holy”.  In order that our lives and our families be
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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, Martha and Mary are sisters that are said to represent the “active” life and the “contemplative” life, respectively. That is a very well received interpretation of this text and of course, it has its merits. However, it is perhaps slightly inadequate when it is used to compare these two “vocations” in the Church. To “contemplate” the Lord is objectively the final goal of everyone’s existence, although without excluding the love of neighbor in any way. Furthermore, even if the final goal of my life is predominantly a contemplative one, it does not mean that a saint’s very active
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