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Sunday Reflection for October 26, 2014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

Exodus 22:20-26 Treat the neighbor and even the stranger with the compassion already shown to you.

Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 God is the reliable source of protection and deliverance.

1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10 The community Paul leaves behind responded passionately to the gospel it received.

Matthew 22:34-40 The Sadducees lost the debate with Jesus. Now it’s the Pharisees’ turn to test him.

29th Sunday
in Ordinary Time


Exploring the Word
The great debate
All the world loves a debate. When two sides square off—across the family dinner table, at a staff meeting, or on the stage of presidential hopefuls—a thrill of tension ripples around the room. Who will get the better of the argument? Will truth win out over clever rhetoric? As a debate gets underway, some of us harden ourselves against all evidence in favor of a predetermined viewpoint. Others discover a new openness to the opposing perspective, and may change our minds or at least soften our hearts with greater understanding. ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for October 20, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, October 19, 2014

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» Fighting Ebola with solidarity – On this World Mission Sunday, Alice Camille reminds us in Exploring the Word, we acknowledge missionaries from here to Mongolia (the world’s youngest Catholic mission) bound to God’s service by the law of love alone. A doctor working for a medical mission group in Liberia who contracted and then recovered . . . More...
» An opening for gay and lesbian Catholics? – In this Sunday’s first reading, the Lord reminds Cyrus, “his anointed,” that he has been “opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred” to facilitate Cyrus’ success. In their midpoint assessment, Catholic bishops at the two-week Synod on the Family currently underway at the Vatican . . . More...
» Family transcends borders – The author of the Letter to the Thessalonians gives thanks to God for all that the community does, “calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love.” In a labor of love and a leap of faith, a Harvard University student who was brought to the U.S. without documents . . . More...
» Luck of the Irish runs out on tax dodge – Though Jesus’ advice to “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God,” which we hear in this Sunday’s gospel, is one of the most oft-quoted lines of scripture, in real life many a multinational corporation . . . More...
Quote of the Week

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

Abraham Lincoln

Source: Exploring the Word

Fact of the Week

There are more Catholic sisters in the United States over age 90 than under age 60.

Souce: CARA report published October 13

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...