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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 18, 2016 Today’s Scripture readings see the proper use of material possessions as an essential ingredient in the life of faith. The three sayings of today’s Gospel suggest a contrast between worldly wealth and eternal wealth. Luke’s parable of the dishonest steward (16:1-8a) must be understood ...read more
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 11, 2016 Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel is often referred to as the “lost and found” collection of the New Testament. The chapter begins with the parable of lost sheep (15:1-7), followed by the parable of lost coin (15:8-10), reaching its crescendo in the masterpiece of ...read more
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 4, 2016 Today’s Gospel passage (Luke 14:25-33) contains a collection of sayings that are peculiar to Luke. Luke has Jesus speak about the demands of discipleship. He gathers three sayings (14:26, 27, 33) and two parables (14:28-30, 31-32). They focus on the total dedication necessary for ...read more
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 28, 2016 Jesus’ most important teaching moments in Luke’s Gospel take place at meals, parties, and celebrations, and we learn that each meal has a far greater significance than simply eating and drinking with others. Today’s table talk takes place in the context of the journey ...read more
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 21, 2016 Though today’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30) may well be a loose collection of Jesus’ sayings – uttered in several different contexts but brought together here under the general heading “Who will be saved?” – the overall tone of Jesus’ meaning is clear: the Good News ...read more
I was not physically in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. A series of scheduling practicalities made it necessary for me to stay in Toronto, anchoring Salt + Light’s coverage of WYD 2016. Still, there were moments when the line between living WYD and living it vicariously through my colleagues on the ground was blurred. ...read more
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 14, 2016 The Scripture readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to consider the implications of our commitments, our lifestyles, and our relationships with others. In the first reading from Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10), the biblical prophet is called to comfort the afflicted ...read more
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 7, 2016 Named after the wisest of all the Israelite kings – Solomon – the book of Wisdom was used as a manual or textbook for young Jews living in a Greek culture from 300 BC to 200 AD. The Jews were awed by the brilliant ...read more
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 31, 2016  In addition to setting the stage for Luke’s parable on possessions and hoarding, today’s first reading from Ecclesiastes (1:2; 2:21-23) drives home the fleeting nature of life and the inexorable passage of time with blunt realism: “Vanity of vanities […] vanity of vanities, all ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 24, 2016 The biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, home to Abraham’s nephew Lot, were full of sin. Israelite tradition is unanimous in ascribing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to the wickedness of these cities, but tradition varies in regard to the nature of this ...read more