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  • Uprooting Trees And Being Unprofitable Servants

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 30, 2022

    God’s gift is enough for us. We just have to apply that mustard-seed faith we are given and trust that God will give us what we need.

    Twenty-seventh Sunday in Course 2022 Today’s Gospel might whipsaw our brains a little, particularly if you read the whole chapter. Right before this passage, Jesus has been warning His disciples, and therefore us, against teaching others to sin. That’s called scandal. Here He speaks about the more

  • Jesus Is The One Who Casts Evil Out

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 29, 2022

    Job is able to put the words “good,” “afflicted,” “learning” and “law” together in one sentence. And we could add the word "joy," too.

    Saturday of the 26th week in course Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the OT, has the prayer of somebody in the midst of a crisis: “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes.” It may very well be a prayer of Job, whose life and response we have been studying over the more

  • 30th Sunday-- The Pharisee And The Tax Collector

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Sep 26, 2022

    Dorotheos said that the Pharisee was doing the right thing when he thanked God for giving him the ability to do good—as should they (the monks) themselves. The Pharisee only did one thing wrong: he passed judgment on the tax collector.

    Our Gospel today begins with some challenging words, “to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.” There’s an old joke about a psychiatrist who is seeing a new patient for the first time. The psychiatrist says, “I’m not aware of your issue, so maybe you more

  • Choosing The Way Of Christ Over Worldly Goods.

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 24, 2022

    The challenge of our Christian calling is to recognize the goodness of creation without building wealth, power and honor into a false god that lures us into worship.

    Twenty-sixth Sunday in Course 2022 It’s difficult for most folks in North America, especially those who aren’t fluent in several languages, to understand the full intent of the first word of our first reading today. The English has “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel more

  • The Days Vanish Like Smoke

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 20, 2022

    The young make mistakes, and if they don’t have a strong and self-controlled father figure in their lives, they often make rash decisions and hurt themselves and others in the act.

    Saturday of the 25th Week in Course 2022 When we read this portion of the Wisdom book of Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes, it is always wise itself to remember who is writing it to whom. The “preacher,” Qoheleth in Hebrew, is a wise man of advanced years. The reader or listener is redundantly called, “O more

  • Not Scattering, But Bringing Together

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 16, 2022

    Looking at the story of the wasteful servant with a global perspective helps us to understand the kind of community Jesus wants to build in our lives.

    Twenty Fifth Sunday in Course 2022 When Our Lord told parables to his followers, He was saying to them, “gather around me and listen. I have a story that might help you understand God’s kingdom.” So in many cases, we ought not spend too much time trying to analyze the characters, asking which more

  • Where There Is Life, There Is The Work Of Almighty God

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 15, 2022

    Paul tells us to keep the commandment without stain or reproach. The commandment is Love of God and of neighbor.

    Saturday of 24th week in Course Today St. Paul, in his letter to his friend and protégé, Timothy, shares with all Christian eras what can be called a little creed or catechism. We should pay close attention to the words, because here we have a summary of the whole Christian story, more

  • Twenty-Eighth Sunday Ordinary Time, C-- Get Out Of The "Christian Bubble” For Blessings And Thanksgiving

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Sep 12, 2022

    Of the ten healed, only one came back and gave thanks to Jesus. A Samaritan, who had imperfect faith and belief.

    “Where are the other nine?” Jesus asks. I read that nine out of ten husbands agreed that their wives are always right. The tenth one hasn’t been seen since the study was conducted. Luke 17:11 says that Jesus “traveled through Samaria and Galilee.” Jesus grew up in Nazareth, which was around more

  • Our Lord Never Gives Up

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 10, 2022

    Imagine one being divine for a couple of weeks. Not like Jesus Christ, who as Second Person of the Trinity emptied Himself of everything to become man, all the way to a cross.

    Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Course 2022 One of the critical prophetic statements in the OT is in the book of Hosea (11:9). Hosea hears God tell him about the divine intention toward the kingdom of Israel: “I will not. . .destroy Ephraim. For I am God and not man–the Holy One among you–and I will not more

  • Service With Love

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 9, 2022

    That more excellent way is the exercise of the gifts in agapē.

    St John Chrysostom Jesus seems to have had a special place in His Sacred Heart for widows and orphans. That goes back, of course, to the OT, where, over and over, the solicitude of the God of Israel for the poor and the stranger is made tangible. Of course, it is clear that by the time Jesus was more

  • God Is Really Jealous?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 9, 2022

    If God is jealous, it’s for our own good, not His. As the psalm says, we owe Him everything.

    Saturday of the 23rd Week in Course Often when Catholics encounter this passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, we focus our attention exclusively on the testimony that the cup and the bread of consecration are participations in the blood and body of Christ. And that is true. more

  • Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time, C--We Can Uproot Problems By Being Seated In The Heavenly Realms.

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Sep 8, 2022

    Church teaching and holy doctrine illuminate the inherent structure of any act of believing.

    Mr. Mulla Nasruddin’s house was on fire, so he ran up to his roof for safety. There he was, precariously perched on the roof, when his friends gathered in the street below holding a stretched out blanket to him and shouting, “Jump, Mullah, jump!” “Oh no, I won’t,” said the Mullah. “I know you more

  • Judgement? Or Fraternal Correction

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 4, 2022

    You know what happens whenever you point out some evil in the culture. The next words somebody will say are, “Jesus taught you not to judge.”

    Friday of the 22nd Week in Course Today’s Gospel is so straightforward and goes to the heart of Christ’s teaching that we can be forgiven for ignoring all the other Scriptures we have heard. It’s kind of a slap at the Pharisees, who try to keep all the six-hundred plus rules of Torah involving more

  • The Wisdom Of God Vs The Wisdom Of This World

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 3, 2022

    When Jesus is telling us that following Him means hating everything and everyone else, He uses strong language.

    Twenty-third Sunday in Course Today’s Gospel is so unnerving, even shocking, that we might in our meditation forget about the other readings. The lessons we can learn from the wisdom books of Scripture are good foundations for our appreciation of the teachings of Jesus. I like to think of our more

  • Gifts And Laws And Pharisees

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 2, 2022

    Many gifts but only One Source.

    Saturday of 22nd Week in Course When somebody asks me how I am, I almost always answer, “grateful.” One of the big reasons I do that is what St. Paul teaches in our epistle today: “What do you have that you did not receive?” I know that any talent or other asset I have is a divine gift. And any more