Bulletin: September 11, 2016

  Bulletin: September 11, 2016 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome to “Lost and Found Sunday”! Just in case being in church makes us proudly consider ourselves especially religious, today’s Gospel suggests that we’d be wiser to admit that we’re sometimes lost. Then we’ll eventually be happily counted among Jesus’ “found,” because today Jesus focuses…

Bulletin: September 4, 2016

  Bulletin: September 4, 2016 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Happy Labor Day weekend! With any luck, summer delights will continue a while longer: refreshing recreation (with maybe an occasional swim) or enjoyable relaxation on the deck (with tasty outdoor grilling). Truth is, for some of us, this year’s Labor Day came way too early. With…

Bulletin: August 28, 2016

  Bulletin: August 28, 2016 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Humility is a virtue we don’t see much in our times. It seems that bragging, swaggering, and arrogance dominate our fashion for everything and our Internet conversations. Who hasn’t been irritated by the “trolls” who try (usually with bad grammar and poor spelling) to start…

Bulletin: August 21, 2016

  Bulletin: August 21, 2016 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time THE NARROW GATE Life is difficult, and we need this preparation, for as Jesus tells his followers, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many . . . will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” We need to understand that we are…

Bulletin: August 14, 2016

  Bulletin: August 14, 2016 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Prophets have always had a tough row to hoe. Their words, often unwelcome, are used against them to persecute and even kill them. Such was the fate of the Old Testament prophets, and Jeremiah is a great example of this. Jesus endured opposition from sinners, and…

Bulletin: August 7, 2016

  Bulletin: August 7, 2016 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time BAD MANAGEMENT Anyone who has reached the age of work has probably experienced what it is like to work under a bad manager. Perhaps that person just does not know how to encourage productivity in a way that is kind and understanding and not abusive. Perhaps…

Bulletin: July 31, 2016

  Bulletin: July 31, 2016 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time A jar of honey lasts practically forever. The oldest jar of honey ever discovered was over five thousand years old. Honey is quite different from market-fresh produce, then; because most fruits and vegetables last only a few days, we treat them carefully. At this time…

Bulletin: July 24, 2016

  Bulletin: July 24, 2016 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Beatitudes praise the poor in spirit. One characteristic of those who are poor in spirit is their ability to ask for help; they know when others can provide what they lack. Today’s readings encourage us to practice poverty in spirit by asking God for what we…

Bulletin: July 17, 2016

  Bulletin: July 17, 2016   Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time JESUS KNOWS OUR HEARTS Abraham and Martha show us how to get busy tending to others’ needs. Abraham orders up an impressive menu of fine food, selecting his best animal to slaughter and prepare. Abraham’s visitors appreciate his attentive hospitality and reward him with long-awaited good news.…

Bulletin: July 10, 2016

Bulletin: July 10, 2016   Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time BATTERIES INCLUDED Moses tells us that God’s law is very near to us, already in our mouths and hearts—in our very DNA, we might say. But sometimes we feel lost, confused, and exhausted. Although God imprints the law in our hearts, we don’t always know confidently how…