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Sunday Reflection for September 07, 2014
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

Ezekiel 33:7-9 The prophet is held responsible for the word he is to announce.

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 Make your heart receptive to receive the word when it comes.

Romans 13:8-10 Love is the fulfillment of every other commandment.

Matthew 18:15-20 In every action, the community of faith should act together to promote the good.

23rd Sunday
in Ordinary TIme


Exploring the Word
Discernment is not for lone rangers
A few generations ago, the idea that Big Brother was watching us was a fearful notion. George Orwell invented Big Brother in 1949 as the all-seeing eye of a police state that would emerge by the year 1984. While the name implies a fraternal and benevolent watcher, Big Brother was actually the fierce custodian of a lockstep society where contrary thoughts could be crimes, and no one might be trusted. The year 1984 came and went, as did the 20th century. In our brave new century, . . .
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Weekday Homily Reflection for September 02, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, September 07, 2014

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Preaching the News

One of the stories we are watching this week . . . 

A minimal wage change with major impact

Love is the fulfillment of the law, Saint Paul instructs the faith community in Rome in this Sunday’s second reading; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” sums up our mutual obligation for each other’s well being. President Obama on Labor Day said it was time to make sure all Americans can meet simple goals, like being able to pay their bills and send their children to school. “There is no denying the simple truth: America deserves a raise,” he said in renewing his call to raise the federal minimum wage and protect the right to equal pay for women.

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...