Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • 23 C

    Posted on August 31, 2016 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    The cost of discipleship. Introduction: This Sunday’s reading offer us some contrasts:  in the first reading there is the contrast between “God’s counsel” and “the deliberations of mortals.”  The second reading is the only time during our Sunday readings that we hear from Paul’s letter to Philemon.  Paul encourages Philemon to accept back his slave […]

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  • 22 C

    Posted on August 20, 2016 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Mr. Busby and humility.   As Luke does very often he uses a meal setting to share with us some teaching of Jesus.  Jesus gives some advice for the guests and for the hosts.  We are invited today to the Eucharistic banquet.  But the invitation for us is also accompanied by a challenge.  Today the […]

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  • 21 C

    Posted on August 20, 2016 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    “Lord will only a few be saved?”   This section contains several references to the seriousness of the proclamation of God’s reign and to the need for a sober decision to undertake the journey to Jerusalem with Jesus, a journey that will end in suffering and death.  Three times in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew […]

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  • 20 C

    Posted on August 11, 2016 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    “I have come to set the earth on fire.” Introduction:  Jeremiah is a figure out of the Old Testament who was called to “root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant.” (1:10)  Sometimes prophets have been described as persons who are to “comfort the afflicted and afflict […]

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