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ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS!

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17th Sunday Year C July 28, 2013
All About Relationships!

The three readings today somehow remind me of Oliver Twist and his intense, heartfelt, and plaintive request: “Please sir, I want some more!” It was a prayer like no other … a prayer poor Oliver Twist had to do when the lot fell on him to do so. It was, of course, a prayer quite unlike that of Abraham, who besought the Lord’s mercy on his own, unbidden by no one else, inspired from within and not from without, driven by charity and not by mere personal need – or, for that matter – of somebody else’s desire and want.
Oliver’s request was plaintive enough, heart-rending to be sure, except to Mr. Bumble, of course, whose job it was, not to grant favors, but to make those unfortunate waifs and orphans toe the line. All hell broke loose when Oliver uttered those famous words, as far as I can remember of the musical. The prayer went unanswered, and the favor was left ungranted. The waifs remained the pitiful, hungry ragamuffins that th…

SERVICE. SMILES. SERIOUSNESS. STUDY

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16th Sunday Year C July 21, 2013
SERVICE. SMILES. SERIOUSNESS. STUDY
Abraham was not one to miss an opportunity. Seeing three men on their way towards some place else, Abraham saw the chance of a lifetime to offer some welcome and winsome service with a smile. And then some … rolls and some meat; curds and some milk … The guests surely were well provided.
Martha and Mary sure knew their places. Both did not pass off an opportunity as it came their way … in the person of their friend Jesus, whom Martha, by the way, called “Lord!” The “Lord” merited some five-star quality service. This, Martha gave “gratis et amore.” The same “Lord” surely was worthy of some serious attention and personal care. This, Mary did, by sitting down right next to the Lord’s ottoman chair, gracious and generous with her listening ears, as she was gracious and winsome in her heart.
Abraham and Sarah did their best to offer service and hospitality to the unexpected guests. Martha and Mary each had a way to make thei…

YOU ONLY HAVE TO CARRY IT OUT!

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15th Sunday Year C July 14, 2013
YOU ONLY HAVE TO CARRY IT OUT


We all suffer from some type of paralysis at some point. We are often petrified in our fears, in our uncertainties, in our mistrust, and in our lingering suspicions. We dare not lift a finger most times to help. “What if the fellow is just pretending to be sick and needy?” “What if the beggar banging at my door is really a poseur out to pull a fast one on me?”


We all are potential good Samaritans. We all dream somehow of being like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, or any other great saint we hear about or read about. But, too sad, too bad, all we do oftentimes is engage in wishful thinking.


All three readings speak about possibilities. The first reading from Deuteronomy speaks about the “word” as being very “near to us” – within reach, at arm’s length, readily available to those who would simply reach out and do not much else. The second reading speaks about a God so noble and lofty, whose “image” in Jesus Christ, became so close, …

LIKE LAMBS IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES!

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C July 7, 2013
LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES
I remember an old thriller of a movie, where a man dabbles in some kind of well-thought out high level crime by joining 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 who, each, was left holding an empty bag. The villain, in the end, had this to say: “Amateurs should not play games with professionals!” And he made a clean escape with all the booty in hand.
Amateurs, indeed, should not be playing games with professionals. Take it from one who dabbled a little with basketball during the days when psychomotor skills, not brash and braun, were all that mattered; when there was far less bruising and bone-breaking body contact necessary. Aging now, and with far less agility and far more fragility in body and bone, I ought never play tumble with youthful “professionals” in their own ri…