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Lectionary Cycle CReflections on Mass Readings

Jesus’ Teaching on Living in Active Gratitude

The First reading (2 Kings 5:14-17) and the Gospel Reading (Luke 17:11-19) at today’s Mass for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time share four common points. The Samaritan leper in the Gospel reading today offers us some practical helps to overcome those things that obstruct the way of living in active gratitude to God. Living in active gratitude of what God has done, is doing, and desires to do is the best way to always be in a position to cheerfully give Jesus away to others. Indeed, this is our Baptismal calling, and the special call for today’s Mass.

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Lectionary Cycle CReflections on Mass Readings

Sainthood is a Decision

In the context of our present life, we have to make sure that we too are resolutely determined to become saints, because the saints are those in Heaven. To desire something less than sainthood is to desire eternity in Hell. We have to be committed to not letting any obstacle stand in our way of sainthood. We cannot allow the hate and machinations of people stand in our way of holiness. We cannot allow closed doors, closed ears, closed hearts, or closed minds prevent us from the goal of eternal life with God.

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Lectionary Cycle CReflections on Mass Readings

Biblical Teachings Against the Evils of Self-Complacency

There are three progressive degrees of self-complacency in the Spiritual Life. The first degree is directed towards self, the second towards neighbor, and the third towards God. The call of today’s Mass is for us to embrace of attitude of St. Augustine who wrote in his Confessions, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.”

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Lectionary Cycle CReflections on Mass Readings

Jesus’ Teaching on Trustworthiness & Faithfulness

The Gospel Reading from this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is the example story/parable about the ‘Dishonest Stewart’ from Luke 16:1-13. The call of today’s Gospel is twofold. First we must detach ourselves from whatever we have in our life that we are in the process of accumulating dishonestly. The second is that we must do is recommit ourselves to being faithful stewards of those things that we did gain honestly.

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