Reflections

Reflections

Reflections


Showing items for 'February 2017'

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A (Feb. 26, 2017)

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How often have we heard someone say, especially after some failure or disappointment, "That's the story of my life?" Our life, especially when we look back on it, can seem very much like a story. In one of Kurt Vonnegut's novels, Kilgore Trout complains to an acquaintance, "Honestly, Bill, the...

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A (Feb. 19, 2017)

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In our first reading, God has a message for the chosen people. The Lord says to Moses, “Tell the people to be holy.” Nothing particularly striking about the passage so far. But then God goes on to say why the people should be holy. And the reason isn’t just a thundering...

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A (Feb. 12, 2017)

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“Set before you are fire and water; stretch forth your hand to whichever you choose. Before you are life and death. Whichever you choose shall be given to you.” Sirach makes it sound so simple. Anyone with a shred of common sense would choose life. But in practice, even with the best...

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A (Feb. 5, 2017)

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“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” One of the things that people find perplexing about these words of Our Lord from today’s Gospel is their...