September 28, 2019

26th Sunday - C (September 29, 2019)


The rich man does not send his servants to chase Lazarus away from his door.  He does not harass or beat up Lazarus.  He even knows Lazarus’ name.

But he seems so into his fancy clothes and his exotic banquets that he becomes indifferent to Lazarus and his sufferings.

What keeps me from seeing the people around me and what’s going on in their lives?  

Image source:   Fyodor Bronnikov, 
"Lazarus at the rich man's gate," 1886

September 21, 2019

25th Sunday - C (September 22, 2019)

True Wealth

We are alive!  God has given us the gift of life.

It’s more than biological life.  Through Jesus, God’s only Son, God has given us a share in God’s divine life.

That is true wealth. 

Thus, Pope Francis taught, “We have a life to communicate: God, his divine life, his merciful love, his holiness!”

We soon begin October, the Extraordinary Missionary Month.  May each of us feel the privilege of being a missionary of God’s divine life.  

September 13, 2019

24th Sunday - C (September 15, 2019)

Drawing Near to Listen to Jesus

“Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.”
They had discovered something in him – God’s mercy.

Often, we can be too proud and think we do not need God’s mercy.  Or we can fall to the temptation thinking that our sins are so bad that God won’t forgive us. 

In what way do I need to imitate those people and grow in my trust in God’s mercy?  

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September 7, 2019

23rd Sunday - C (September 8, 2019)

Can I Be Jesus’ Disciple?

“Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,” who is on his way to Jerusalem, to the cross.

To these people, Jesus “turned” and told them the cost of following him.  It is about putting God first.

Jesus asked them if they were willing to give up even life to follow him.
We know that almost none of those people would follow Jesus all the way to the cross.

How about me?  Who or what is most important in my life?  Is it God? 

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