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Sunday Reflection for August 24, 2014
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

Isaiah 22:19-23 God requires a servant who is trustworthy for an immutable position in leadership.

Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8 We are fixed into God's love as a peg in a sure spot.

Romans 11:33-36 Layer upon layer, God's rich wisdom unfolds and is never exhausted.

Matthew 16:13-20 Saint Peter is chosen as the peg in the sure spot of church leadership.

21st Sunday
in Ordinary TIme

Exploring the Word
There’s power in the gathering
What good is the church? This isn't a pious-sounding question, I admit. But if we don't ever ask ourselves why we need the church, then we may never arrive at a serviceable answer. And that's a bad thing, because the unexamined life of faith may not be worth living, to re-coin Socrates' phrase. So we must ask: What does it mean to be church? The oldest stories of the Bible talk about the "people Israel" as literally a family: all sprung from . . .
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Weekday Homily Reflection for August 20, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Preaching the News
Raising a child is not cheap

Those who gather together to worship are family, says Alice Camille in a reflection on the meaning of the community gathered in worship in this Sunday’s Exploring the Word. In news sure to give pause to parents contemplating bringing a new life to the family, raising a child born in 2014 to age 18 will cost, on average, about a quarter of a million dollars—and that doesn’t even include the cost of college. Fortunately there are strategies that help.

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...