• October 17, 2017 – Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
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    Denunciation of the Pharisees and Scholars of the Law Luke 11:37-41 Jesus responds to his host’s criticism by chastising the Pharisees. What they do externally is no indication of their intentions. They may have clean hands, but do they have clean hearts? He tells them to open their hearts to the needs of others, and they will be truly clean. Prayer: I pray that charity and justice be that which drives my every thought and action. […]

  • October 16, 2017 – Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
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    The Demand for a Sign Luke 11:29-32 Jesus responds to those asking for signs. There have been signs before, stories familiar to the listeners, that brought people to repentance. And now he who carries the message of salvation stands before them, but they do not listen. Prayer: Open my eyes, my ears, my heart to you. I long to know you and to bring others to you. […]

  • October 15, 2017 – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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    The Parable of the Wedding Feast Matthew 22:1-14 The Parable of the Wedding Feast offers an understanding of the reign of God. Just as with the wedding celebration, all kinds of people are invited to the kingdom by God the Father. Some refuse the invitation. Others accept but do not act in a way that warrants their being allowed to participate in the banquet. Where am I in this story? Prayer: Lord, I graciously accept your invitation but am often uncertain about your will. Guide me on the right path so that I might fully partake of the eternal and glorious feast with you. […]

  • October 14, 2017 – Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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    True Blessedness Luke 11:27-28 The woman in the crowd correlates Jesus’ words and deeds with the mother who gave birth to him. His response moves the focus away from the significance of blood relationship to spiritual relationship. Those who listen to him and act on it are blessed. Prayer: You are our refuge and stronghold, O God, and for that we are blessed. Instill within us the openness to hear you and to live accordingly. […]

  • October 13, 2017 – Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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    Jesus and Beelzebul/The Return of the Unclean Spirit Luke 11:15-26 Some who witness Jesus casting out the demon seriously misinterpret his action. Others ask that he do more in order to convince them of the origin of his power. Their divisions are their undoing. Jesus responds to their suspicions and hardness of heart by telling them that his power comes from the “finger of God.” Prayer: There are times when we tend to lose hope. Please help us remember that because of you good will always triumph over evil. […]