LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES (14th Sunday Year C) | July 3, 2016 (English)

14th Sunday_Year CJuly 3, 2016LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVESI remember an old thriller of a movie, where a man joins an organized group of criminals. When the crime was done and the spoils were supposed to be divided among them, one of them, the villain, unexpectedly pulls a fast one on everybody else leaving them all holding an empty bag. The villain, in the end, had this to say: “Amateurs should not

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SAYING NO TO EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT LIFE 13th Sunday YEAR C

June 26, 2016Readings: 1 Kgs 19:16b,19-21 / Gal 5:1, 13-18 / Lk 9:51-62TUNING OUT IN ORDER TO TUNE IN:SAYING NO TO EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT LIFEOur contemporary language is chock-full of insights about what we value, about what we consider as important above all others. There was a time when we were told to tune in to a particular radio program, or to a particular TV channel. When there were but

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GRACE IN WHATEVER FORM 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) | June 19, 2016 (English)

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year CJune 19, 2016GRACE IN WHATEVER FORM!Many years ago, the words used by Dietrich Bonhoeffer made a big dent in my mind. He talked about cheap grace and costly grace. Before I proceed, let us get it straight from his mouth: cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance; baptism without church discipline; communion without confession.

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) | June 12, 2016 (English)

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year CJune 12, 2016GRACE, FORGIVENESS, LOVEI was reminded of that movie some two years back: Eat, Pray, Love …  It is a story of a confused woman who went around the world trying to rediscover herself, and eventually came home to herself, and to relative peace of mind and heart by eating well in Italy, praying deeply in India, and finding what was supposed to be

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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) | June 5, 2016 (English) GOD CARES; GOD CALLS

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)June 5, 2016GOD CARES; GOD CALLS!We are back to good, old ordinary time, the longest “time” of the liturgical year. But it is anything but ordinary. In these so-called “ferial” days, extraordinary things can – and, in fact, do – happen!Take it from the distraught widow of Zarephath with whom the prophet Elijah was staying. Curiously, the boy grew sick “until

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