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Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
ThursdaySeptember 22, 2016
The readings for the coming Sunday offer us a sobering look at the reality of being self-absorbed! In the first reading, Amos exhorts the people to look at their behaviors, at how they are living without the slightest thought to the impending collapse and exile (Am 6:1-7). In the Gospel, Jesus tells a stark tale of a rich man and a poor man, not about one being holy and the other being wicked, rather of one having nothing, and the other not caring (Lk 16:19-31)! Paul responds to this theme by encouraging diligent pursuit of virtue and honoring our profession of faith by obeying the Lord (1 Tm 6:11-16). As an example, the psalmist offers a litany of the heart of the Father, caring for the oppressed, the enslaved, the bowed down; reminding us that there is reward for the just and judgement for the wicked (Ps 146:7-10)!
We are on a journey to eternity. As we pass this way, we are challenged to live with hearts of mercy! While we generally participate in caring for one another and for the poor, perhaps it has become routine. The scriptures encourage us to give from the heart in a spirit of prayer and obedience. When we spend time in prayer, listening and discerning God's will, we can be far more creative and effective in how we care for the poor and our hearts and minds will be even more engaged in the act. Thus, when we finally face judgement, we might hear Jesus say, "I thought I had lost my dignity, and you lifted me up! Welcome to my Fathers house!"
"Though our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)
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The Proclamation of the KingdomView additional reflections...
September 29: Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (Audio Homilies)October 1: Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (Audio Homilies)October 2: Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (Audio Homilies)
ReflectionContemplation and the Healing of the HeartBlessed are the Poor
First ReadingAmos 6:1, 4-7
PsalmPsalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Second Reading1 Timothy 6:11-16
ReflectionContemplation and the Healing of the Heart #2
First ReadingHabakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
PsalmPsalm 95:1-2, 6-67, 8-9
Second Reading2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
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