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Examples of generosity

32ndSunday of OT year B 2018:             This poor widow has given more than all the others. Today we are talking about generosity. There are two poor widows in our readings.  The first reading, there is a poor widow who takes care of the prophet.  In the gospel, the poor widow throws in a couple simple coins to the temple treasury.  Both, are tremendous examples of generosity.  Yet, both of them gave in very simple ways: a bit of bread, a couple coins.             What does this teach us?  Generosity is about more than results.  Generosity is about the internal disposition.  It doesn’t matter how much we give, it matters what we give.             As many of you know, I just wrapped up the St. John bible study and I’ve started this new Message in a Minute weekly email and reflection.  This has gotten my back into the habit of looking at the Greek text of the gospels.  The whole New Testament is written in Greek.  I have been fortunate enough to take a number of classes in Greek.  Now, I…

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We are filled with Joy

30thSunday of Ordinary Time year B 2018: What a powerful story from the gospel today: Jesus heals the blind man.  Just think for a moment about this man’s tough situation.  He seems alone and abandoned.  Even Jesus’ disciples try to stop him from reaching out to Christ. But, he fights through.  Jesus hears him.  Jesus heals him.  And what happens?  Immediately he receives his sight and he decides to follow after Jesus. Can you imagine just for a moment how Bartimaeus must have felt that first moment that light touched his newly-healed eyes.  Can you imagine the amazement and wonder at experiencing the healing power of Christ?  What must have been going through his mind? Putting myself in his shoes, I thought: I would be so grateful. His heart must have been filled with joy and gratitude.  Indeed, Jesus had done an amazing miracle for him.  Filled with gratitude, he followed after Christ. This story really got me thinking about the importance of our psalm refrain today.  We just sang …

Teach us humility O Lord

25thSunday of OT year B 2018: Today in our second reading we get some more practical wisdom from St. James. You definitely get the feeling that St. James knew what he was talking about.  Today he says: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice.  How true! You don’t have to look far in this world of ours to see just how dangerous jealousy and selfish ambition can be. These attitudes can be very destructive. I think that all of us should take a minute to think whether these attitudes are part of our own lives as well. It can be quite easy to be carried away by the waves of jealousy and ambition.  Maybe at work, we get upset because some other employee seems to get the preference.  In school, we become jealous because another kid gets all the attention.  Or in our lives, we look around and think that the grass is greener everywhere else we look.  These attitudes certainly do not bring us peace.  They cause pain and anxiety.  And we already have…

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

22ndSunday of Ordinary Time year B 2018: I always love reading St. James’ letter.  I find that he is very down to earth and practical. I really like the line from today’s reading: “be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”  I think that St. James is describing a disconnect that many of us feel from time to time.  We want to do the right thing.  But, if we are honest, we do not do the right thing.  We hear the Word of God, but we find it tough to live it out.  Or maybe this is just me?   It seems to me that the Pharisees are being challenged by Jesus for the same gap, the same disconnect.  They are passing along the teachings of the Bible, but he is pointing out that they are not getting to the deep truth of the law.  Concerned with actions, they are missing something.  It is good for us to pay attention, because if we stay concerned with actions alone, we will miss something too. Whenever we read the gospels it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking about the Pharisees as being…

Pentecost 2018

Pentecost Homily 2018: Tonight, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost.  In one way this is the end of something, the end of the Easter season.  But, it’s the beginning of something too: the beginning of Ordinary Time.  This is no accident.  Ordinary time is the time of the Church.  This is the time of the Holy Spirit, at work in the world.  From the day of Pentecost until this moment, the Church of Christ carries out his work.  So, as we head back into Ordinary time we think about the gift of the Spirit, and the whole Church prays for the gifts of the Spirit to be renewed in the Church.   If you get some time this weekend, reflect a little bit on the gifts of the Spirit.  What gifts do you need to fulfill your mission, your vocation in this world?  Let the Holy Spirit work through you to build up the Church and to reach out to the world in need.  Let the Holy Spirit help you to walk in the way of Christ. I would like to reflect a little bit on the Apostles.  I know it can be easy to th…

Sacramentum Caritatis

6thSunday of Easter Year B 2018: For me, two words really jumped out at me in the gospel today: love and joy.  Aren’t those two terrific words?  I mean, so much of our lives are lived in pursuit of these two things.  We long for love and joy.  And if these things are missing, we can be quite unhappy.  Every human being wants love and joy, unless you’re a big grump or something. Yet, Jesus shows us that there is a deep connection between love and joy.  I have told you this so that your joy may be complete.  What did Jesus tell us?  Follow my commandments: love one another as I have loved you.  If we want joy, and who doesn’t, the pathway is the pathway of love. A life of love will be a life of joy.  But, I guess it begs the question: what is love?  Most people think of love as an emotion, a feeling. We have these feelings for the people we love: there’s romantic love, love for family, children, love for country, love for justice, etc.  These things might inspire emotions and feelings.…