June 30 : 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Free to Follow

June 26th, 2013

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In todays Readings we are reminded that those who wish to Join Christ must be ready to disengage themselves from any earthly home, ready to disengage from past responsibilities and ready to disengage from past relationships. This simply means singular detachment from earthly matters. Jesus asks his disciples to put Him first even before the most demanding family ties. Can we do that?

June 23 : 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Who is Jesus?

June 20th, 2013

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Today's Gospel invites us to believe in Jesus who is the Christ and only in Him. A common misconception among the crowd was that the Christ would be a powerful political liberator who would set Israel free from the Romans. This was far from the truth. The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day. Thus we are reminded that we are to believe in Christ but that Christ is different in the sense that He comes with the Cross and on the Cross.

June 16 : 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Many Sins, Great Love

June 12th, 2013

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In this Sunday’s readings we are like the fallen king, David, and the woman who weeps at Jesus’ feet. And like David, and like the woman in the Gospel, we fall into sin. Our crimes may not be as grave as David’s (see 2 Samuel 11:1–26) or as“many” as that woman’s (see Luke 7:47). But we often squander the great gift of salvation we’ve been given. Often we fail to live up to the great calling of being sons and daughters of God. The good news of today’s readings, the good news of Jesus Christ, is that we can return to God in the sacrament of confession. Each of us can repeat Paul’s wondrous words in this week’s Epistle: “The Son of God has loved me and given himself up for me.” The issue is not how much sin is in your life, but how much repentance there has been, giving way to forgiveness.

June 9 : Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Restored to Life

June 7th, 2013

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Jesus in today’s Gospel meets a funeral procession coming out of the gates of the town of Nain. Unlike when he raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) or Lazarus (John 11), no one requests his assistance. Moved by compassion for the widow who had lost her only son, Jesus steps forward and, laying his hand on the bier, commands him to arise. Like the physical healings that he performed, Jesus’ raising people from the dead is a sign of the Messiah’s arrival (Luke 7:22). But it is more than that; these healings are visible signs of the awakening and liberating of men from the spiritual death caused by sin (see Mark 2:1-12).

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