33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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Many people admire the physical structure of Saint Clement and the art it contains. And rightly so: the murals and mosaics are indeed stunning. As corporal beings, it is easy for us to get caught up in things of beauty. We take comfort in the things we can see, touch, hear, and smell. We enjoy the refinement of a great painting, or the mastery of a well-designed building.
      But even the stones of Saint Clement will be thrown down by weather, time and neglect. 
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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Michael Bayer

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The Gospel of Luke provides a study in contrasts between those who fundamentally get what the message of Jesus is about—and those who don’t. More often than not, it is the most knowledgeable and pious figures who are on the wrong side of that equation. And with unsettling frequency, it is also Jesus’ own apostles who fail to comprehend what Jesus’ words and actions truly mean.
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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Fr. Rex Pillai

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Mahatma Gandhi of India, before he led his country in its independence struggle, was a successful lawyer in South Africa. He became well aware of the injustice that was prevalent in that country. He encouraged the Indian community there to offer passive resistance to the government policy of discrimination. His power to resist racial segregation was based on his immense moral and spiritual authority. One incident which impressed itself on his mind was when he was obliged to step into the gutter so that a group of white passers-by would not be contaminated.
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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin Reflection by Paul Nicholson

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For the last quarter century “The Simpsons” has been an American TV staple in the diet of broadcast media. Homer and Marge Simpson, with their three children, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, go about their ordinary lives in Springfield middle-America, encountering the mundane and the absurd, much to our amusement and discomfort. Bart and Lisa provide plenty of laughter as they spar with each other or outwit their peers in the neighborhood and at school. They are particularly savvy when dealing with their father.
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals ten lepers and shows us that salvation flows from East to West and is open to all. Then, one of the lepers returns to give thanks to Jesus. This story has much to teach us. First, to help us recognize the lepers among us. And second, to teach us the importance of giving thanks.     
 
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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    Today’s readings feature the well-known story of the Prodigal Son, wherein a young man takes money from his father in order to lead a life of debauchery, but when the money runs out he returns home willing to take the lowest place in the household, only to find that he’s fêted and celebrated instead, much to the chagrin of the Other Brother.
 
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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Paul Nicholson

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In 2005 the American literary translator, Gregory Rabassa, published a memoir entitled “If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents.” The author traces his quite successful career over four decades, examining theories and strategies surrounding translation, reflecting on many of his works and the relationships he had with the authors, and delving into the theme of treason.
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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Fr. Rex Pillai

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Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx (1890 – 1977) was an American comedian and actor. He was often known for his quick wit and he is widely considered to be one of America’s greatest comedians. He was accepted as a member of the exclusive Friar’s Club in Hollywood. Groucho however, expressed his disappointment that the club was not as exclusive as he first thought. His telegram to the committee read: “Please accept my resignation.

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin Reflection by Deacon Tim Sullivan

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Today’s Gospel selection according to Luke starts with an admonition to place our faith and trust in the right things and not in things of this world, which wear out, can be stolen, or eaten by moths. Christ tells us to, “sell your belongings and give alms.” It’s up to us to decide what is important. Are we hung up on the things of the here and now or are we looking forward to what is to come? Jesus told his disciples (and us) that the Father is pleased to give us the heavenly reward offered freely and completely.

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” I’m guessing that most of us could put this quote from today’s Gospel front and center on our refrigerators as a daily reminder of seductive power of our society and the earthly possessions that call to us. I’m amazed by the many situations every day that show how vulnerable we are to a society that tells us “more is better.” My wife, dogs, and I live in a two bedroom condo.

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