Tag: Ordinary Time

The Widow’s Mite

Almost a year ago, I was in Florida to witness the vows of my nephew Zack to his fiancé Samantha.   In my heart I knew where I needed to be.  Right there, in sunny tropical Florida with my nephew and the love of his life.   In my head I wondered if any of…

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Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many…

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Holy Courage

The theme of God’s people struggling to survive in a sophisticated, alien culture appears all throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.  This theme is central to the Book of Esther, which supplies today’s first reading. Today is the only Sunday in our three-year cycle of readings when we hear from this book.  That’s…

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Good Housekeeping

The 31st chapter of the Book of Proverbs presents us today with the resume of a “spiritual Martha Stewart.” Telford Work, in Feasting on the Word, characterizes it as “an impossible job description…she makes her own clothes; she gets up in the middle of the night to get everyone else going; she takes care of…

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The Power of Words

As you know, it’s unusual for me to focus more on one of the other Sunday readings, when ordinarily I focus on the Gospel.  Today’s reading from the Book of James was just too intriguing for me to pass up. James refers to the blessings and curses which come from the use of our tongues…

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Noisy Christians

You may already know this about me but I am not by nature a quiet person. Third child in a household of six, I had to speak up loud and clear to be heard. An extrovert par excellence, I feel compelled to fill awkward silences in awkward conversations. An extrovert, who also happens to have…

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