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September 21, 2014 - 25th Sunday Ordinary

The parable of the Landowner who hires worker thru out the day - and pays them all the same - the daily wage that he promised the first workers.  Is that fair - no it is not fair, but it is the way God is: He gives us each what we need, and not  what we've earned or what we deserves.

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Philippians 1:18b-30Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
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September 21, 2014 - 25th Sunday Ordinary

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Philippians 1:18b-30Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
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September 14, 2014 - 24th Sunday Ordinary

Sirac tells us that forgiveness is a virtue - as does Paul in his sermon to the Romans.  Jesus uses a parable to drive home a similar point -  of the forgiven servant who was not forgiving of his fellow servant.    The homilist tell us that we have two people inside us that millitant against this viture - both of whom should be stomped out.

1st Reading: Sirach 27: 30-28:9Psalm: 1032nd Reading: Romans 15: 1-13Gospel: Matthew 18: 21 - 19:1
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September 7, 2014 - 23rd Sunday Ordinary

"Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."  There words were heard several weeks ago - but then they were addressed to Peter.  This time they are addressed to "the disciples", the larger group, the church, to us. The homilist makes a distinction between the "teaching church" and the "learning church."  But, he says, they are both us - we have both of these roles to play.

1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-16Psalm: 952nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10, 14:8-19Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
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August 31, 2014 - 22nd Sunday Ordinary

"Who do you say I am".  The homilist, Fr. Mark from Nigeria, suggest that it is love that keeps us going and brings us closer to God.  That's who we think you are.....

1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9Psalm: 632nd Reading: Romans 12:1-21Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
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August 24, 2014 - 21st Sunday Ordinary

"Thou art Peter, and upon the rock I will build my church..."  A saying characteristic of Matthew who has a special affinity for Peter's ministry.  So what does it have to do which us? is there room for a Peter on this day of advanced theology?  The homilist suggests that we could do with a lost less vatican and a lost more Peter(pope).

1st Reading: Isaiah 22:15, 19-23Psalm: 1382nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
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August 17, 2014 - 20th Sunday Ordinary

Jesus is bested in debate - by a Canaanite woman.  "Even the dogs eat  of the scraps of the master's table"  "Oh great is thy faith, woman. Go. Let it be done as you have said."    

1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1,6-7Psalm: 672nd Reading: Romans 11:13-32 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
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August 10, 2014 - 19th Sunday Ordinary

Jesus walks on the Sea of Galalie; Elijah hears God in the quiet murmuring of the breese - two of the most dramatic stories in the Bible.  The homilist recommends that we think about/pray/imagine these stories during the week - what does the water feel like, is there a spray from the water, what are I looking at?  "Oh ye of little faith - why did you doubt?"

1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9b-14Psalm: 852nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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August 3, 2014 - 18th Sunday Ordinary

    We hear today  about Jesus" feeding the 5,000.  There was 12 baskets of bread left over. 12 baskets?!  That's a lot of left overs. What does it mean?  The homilist suggests that it means the God is so "with us". so absolutely for us, that He doesn't know when to quit  

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Romans 8:31-39Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
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July 27, 2014 - 17th Sunday Ordinary

This is the end of the third sermon (out of five) in Matthew - the Sermon of Parables. Parables (stories) were Jesus' preferred manner of teaching.  Parable make us think, stretch to find the meaning.  What do these parable tell us today?

1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12Psalm: 1192nd Reading: Romans 8:28-30Gospel: Matthew 13:44-53
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July 20, 2014 - 3rd of Summer Series

1st Reading: Genesis 2: 1-14Psalm: 1102nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-10Gospel: John 17:1-1
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July 13, 2014 - Second of Summer Series

1st Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3Psalm: 652nd Reading: Phillipians :1-11Gospel: John 13: 12-17
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July 6, 2014 - First of the Summer Series

1st Reading: Isaioh 58: 6-10Psalm: 682nd Reading: 1 Cor.12:11-17Gospel: Luke 4:13-35
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June 22, 2014 - Corpus Christi Sunday

The Feast of the body and blood of Christ - Corpus Cristi Sunday.  The homilist points out three dementions  of this feast - the sacramental, the ecclesiastical, and finally the estacalogical dimension.  We share in the, are are going to share in the fullness of Christ's divinity as he shares our humanity,

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3,12-16Psalm: 1472nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17Gospel: John 6:51-58
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June 15, 2014 - Trinity Sunday

The God we see in Jesus is the Jesus who pours himself out - in steadfast faithfulness to the Father, in his love for all humanity, including us.  God is three persons outpouring love for one another and for us.

1st Reading: Exodus 34:4-9Psalm: Daniel 32nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13Gospel: John 3:16-18
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June 8, 2014 - Pentecost Sunday

This is the fest of Pentecost - 50 days after Easter.  As the giving of the Torah was celebrated 50 days after Passover, so the giving of the Spirit is celebrated 50 days after Easter.  And although we tend to see it as a commemorative event (we celebrate what God did the PAST), it should be seen as an active celebration - God is giving the Spirit to us NOW.  And keeps giving.

1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11Psalm: 1042nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13Gospel: John 20:19-23
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June 1, 2014 - Ascension

This feast recognizes and celebrates the Ascension of the Lord, but it is more of a commissioning feast than anything else. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…” But Jesus did not leave the apostles empty handed, “Behold I am with you always – until the end of the age.”

1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11Psalm: 472nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
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May 18, 2014 - 5th Sunday of Easter

Lots of lists – which do you prefer? Which command is broken most? Which do you break the most? The homilist votes for the one in today’s gospel reading: Do not let your hearts be troubled; have faith in God, and also in me.

1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7Psalm: 332nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-10Gospel: John 14:1-12
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April 27, 2014 - 2nd Sunday of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47Psalm: 1182nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-16Gospel: John 20:19-31
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April 6, 2014 - 5th Sunday of Lent

Lazarus was “pissed.” But not as pissed as he could have been had he imagined what kind of life he could have had had he not been brought back to the life he knew. The three stories in Matthew during Lent are about people who failed to think big enough.

1st Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14Psalm: 1302nd Reading: Romans 8:8-11Gospel: John 11:1-45