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Sunday Reflection for October 05, 2014
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Isaiah 5:1-7 The vineyard is tended with care and attention, yet produces nothing useful.

Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 God transplants the vine of Israel from Egypt to nationhood, with poor results.

Philippians 4:6-9 Concentrate on the good, and steer in the direction of the praiseworthy.

Matthew 21:33-43 Ruthless tenants seize the yield of the vineyard, with violent results.

27th Sunday
in Ordinary Time


Exploring the Word
Life isn’t cheap; it’s free
Most of the time, most of us are happy to be alive. At least in comparison with the alternative, the gift of life seems like a great deal, if not an absolute bargain. All of us woke up this morning. That’s a plus. Whatever happens with the rest of the day, that we are here right now puts us ahead of the game. God regards life as preferable to all alternatives: non-existence, death, extinction. We know the mind of God on this ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for October 01, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, October 05, 2014

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Preaching the News

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

Hong Kong crisis

This Sunday’s psalm describes how God transplants the vine of Israel from Egypt to nationhood with poor results. When Great Britain transferred control of Hong Kong to China in 1997 the understanding was that the island would enjoy special status. A wave of protest in Hong Kong engulfed the city on Monday as thousands of residents defied a government call to abandon street blockades first initiated by students and other residents demanding democratic elections in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. 

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...