Yearly Archives: 2019

  • 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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  • 24 C

    Posted on September 15, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    24 C and Lent 4 C Lost and found, the tale of our lives. Introduction:  Today’s Gospel story is the focus of this Sunday.  It is a story about a family.  It appears to be a single-parent family (the mother is not mentioned).  It is difficult to know how long a time span it took for this story to […]

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  • 23 C

    Posted on September 7, 2019 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 Onesimus, not as […]

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  • 22nd C

    Posted on August 31, 2019 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 name […]

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  • 21st C

    Posted on August 25, 2019 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 and Luke Jesus announces his passion.  After […]

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  • 20 C

    Posted on August 12, 2019 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 the comfortable.”  Because […]

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  • 19 C 1

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

    Goods for what?     The Gospel for this Sunday is lengthy with many twists and turns. We cansummarize: In various ways the sayings elaborate the need for any who hear the word to take heed and to act on it. Vs. 35: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants … The […]

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