Yearly Archives: 2019

  • 34 C

    Posted on November 23, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    34 C CHRIST THE KING Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom. Introduction:  The readings present us two images of Jesus as King, the  crucified Christ and the cosmic Christ. Homily:   In the Gospel the rulers sneer, the soldiers jeer and one of the criminals reviled Jesus crucified on the cross. In Mark’s account of the Passion the emphasis of […]

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  • 33 C

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    End times you say.  Introduction:  Each of the Three readings today has some reference to the End Times.  Malachi simply states, “LO THE DAY IS COMING.”  Earlier on in the second Letter to the Thessalonians 2:2 mention is made of the “DAY OF THE LORD.”  In the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, “BUT THE END DOES NOT FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY.”   […]

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  • 32 C

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Is that all there is? Or RESURRECTION. Introduction:  The first Reading and the Gospel have several things in common this Sunday.  They both speak of seven brothers.  In the first reading there are seven Hebrew brothers and their mother.  In the Gospel the Sadducees bring up a case of Jewish law in which seven brothers […]

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  • 31 C

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Large lessons from Little Zacchaeus. Introduction:  The last sentence of today’s Gospel reads, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”  Jesus candidly addressed the fact that people get lost.  But the good news is that he came to seek out and save the lost.  Together let us […]

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  • 30 C

    Posted on October 21, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Going up and down in prayer. The THEME FOR THIS SUNDAY CONTINUES to be prayer.  Last Sunday we heard the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. In that parable the theme is: persevere as the Widow did in naming and opposing injustice and thus be God-like.  Today we hear the parable of the Pharisee and […]

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  • 29 C

    Posted on October 21, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Wisdom from Widow. Introduction:  This Sunday and next the Gospel will present us with twin parables.  Both parables are about prayer.  Luke often times presents us with a teaching which features a man and a woman.  Today’s Gospel features a widow, next Sunday’s features a man.   It is important to remember that in the time of Jesus, life expectancy was […]

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  • 28 C

    Posted on October 12, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Lessons from lepers. Introduction:  The first reading and the Gospel today speak about persons with leprosy.  There is healing and thanks are returned by one of the ten (a Samaritan) that Jesus heals . Homily:  The first reading today is obviously chosen because it like the Gospel speaks of a cure from leprosy.  But this brief passage that we […]

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  • 27 C

    Posted on October 1, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Increased faith of unprofitable servants. Introduction:  In all three readings today we hear of challenges to faith.  In the first reading first the prophet Habakkuk speaks, then God speaks.  In the second reading it is Paul speaking to Timothy.  In the Gospel, first the Apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith and then Jesus responds […]

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  • 26 C

    Posted on September 23, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Do you wish you were a Rich Person? Introduction:  This is the third Sunday in a row that we have heard a parable in Luke’s Gospel.  From the parable of the Loving Father we learn that God is like this loving Father.  From the parable of the wise steward we learn that we are to […]

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  • 25 C

    Posted on September 22, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Another puzzling parable. Introduction:  The parable in this Sunday’s Gospel is difficult to understand and apply to our lives.  The parable is found in the first 8 verses of chapter 16.  The verses which follow verse 8 perhaps reveal something of the early church struggling to interpret and apply the parable.  I will only consider […]

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