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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time  LUKE 15:1-32 “Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus.” This headline introduc-es three stories (parables) that could be called “Lost and Found.” Tax collectors were local agents who bought from the Roman occupation forces a franchise to collect...
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Monday, September 09, 2013

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 14:25-33 Luke again reminds readers that Jesus is traveling. Destination: Jerusalem, where bitter suffering awaits him. It is therefore appropriate that the framework called “The Journey to Jerusalem,” contains difficult, even bitter, teaching. The first statement: “If...
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 14:1. 7-14 It was a Sabbath. All work was forbidden. Jesus came to dine at the home of a leading Pharisee, very likely a member of the Supreme Council called the Sanhedrin. Jesus associated with all classes, from the popularly hated tax collectors to the top ranks of religious direction. Luke...
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 13:22-30 Luke reminds us that this section of his gospel is presented within a framework called “The Journey to Jerusalem.” The journey began in 9:52, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face for Jerusalem.” For this Sunday’s liturgy...
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 12:49-53 In the strange collection which we call Luke’s chapter twelve, he moves on to a topic without connection to the preceding (last Sunday’s gospel). He depicts Jesus saying, “I have come to cast fire upon the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze.̶...
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 12:32-48 In the strange mixture of topics in chapter twelve, the author switches from topics found in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, or in Luke’s own version called the Sermon on the Plain, to topics that fit better into Jesus’ discourse on the end times. Luke’s...
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Monday, August 05, 2013

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 12:13-21 In the Old Testament there are two historical books known as 1 & 2 Chronicles. Historical is in italics because they are a theological and heavily slanted revision of the Books of Kings which were already a theological presentation of the history of the kings of Israel and Judah....
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 11:1-13 The Gospels of Mark and Matthew each depict Jesus at prayer three times. Luke's gospel depicts Jesus at prayer eight times. This may indicate that Luke himself was a man of prayer. On this occasion Luke begins, "He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place...." His disciples respected Jes...
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 10:38-42   A visit to the home of Martha and Mary begins as follows, “Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.” We can assume that Martha and her sister Mary are the same Martha and Mary who had a brother named Lazarus in John 11. If th...
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  LUKE 10:25-37 The gospel reading begins, "A scholar of the law stood up to test Jesus...." A "scholar of the law" is a scribe, a scholar of the Scriptures we call the Old Testament. Such scholars were also known as lawyers because they studied and applied to specific cases the Law of Moses, t...
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Tuesday, July 09, 2013