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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/28/19

In the Gospel today Jesus tells a parable in which the first part of the parable is directed toward the guests attending the banquet.  Jesus noticed that many of the guests were trying to get the seats of honor.  Jesus puts it this way, “Everyone who exalts themselves will ... Read More »

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 25, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/28/19

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus notes that it requires moral strength to enter the kingdom of God. It's not mere proximity to righteousness that saves. Rubbing elbows with the righteous is not the same as being truly holy ourselves. Unfortunately, we can have this attitude in many areas. It's ... Read More »

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 18, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/28/19

Jesus is divisive.  We see this throughout the Gospels, as the Pharisees critique him, the Romans condemn him, and not everyone in the crowd is enthusiastic about his words. Jesus has not come for the purpose of dividing, but what he does is so radical that it upends the ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 11, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/09/19

Scripture Reflection

 

"Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom," Jesus tells us. In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus reminds us to have the right attitude for the gifts and callings he wants to give us!  

"Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." Jesus ... Read More »

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 4, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/07/19

Scripture Reflection

Are you guilty of spiritual stockpiling? Spiritual stockpiling isn't an endless rotation of rosaries and novenas. It's accumulating emotional "goods" to meet your needs. Perhaps it's a collection of material objects you treasure. Maybe it's a preoccupation with money. It could also be relationships, making sure there's ... Read More »

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 28, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 7/30/19

Are you guilty of spiritual stockpiling? Spiritual stockpiling isn't an endless rotation of rosaries and novenas. It's accumulating emotional "goods" to meet your needs. Perhaps it's a collection of material objects you treasure. Maybe it's a preoccupation with money. It could also be relationships, making sure there's always enough ... Read More »

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 21, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 7/30/19

 

In the Gospel today Jesus makes a visit to see Martha and Mary; they were sisters of Lazarus.  Their home was near Jerusalem, and it appears that Jesus was a frequent visitor.  Mary sits at the feet of Jesus listening to him and visiting with him.  Martha, on ... Read More »

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 14, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 7/11/19

Today the Gospel gives us the parable of the Good Samaritan.  It’s a parable we’ve heard many times.  An individual had been robbed and beaten.  Several people saw what had happened but they passed by.  It’s hard to tell what the motivations were of those who ignored the man ... Read More »

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 7, 2019

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 7/03/19

This Sunday, Jesus reminds us that "the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." As Catholic disciples, we are the laborers that the Master is sending. All around us are opportunities to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ - our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, even ... Read More »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 30

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 7/03/19

Some conversion stories people tell are so profound and meaningful that they make you want to invent a story for yourself. Some of us have these type of stories to tell, but most of us can only tell stories of slowly coming into a greater maturity of faith over ... Read More »