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All Saint's Day (Year C) | 1st November 2016 (English)

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THE GOD OF REVERSALS! 31st Sunday (Year C) | October 30, 2016 (English)

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BOASTING HUMBLY? 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) | October 23, 2016 (English)

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ALL DAYS, ALL WAYS & FOR ALWAYS! 29th Sunday (Year C) | October 16, 2016 (English)

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

October 16, 2016



ALL DAYS, ALL WAYS, & FOR ALWAYS!



Today's readings remind me of people who know what they want, who know that what they want is good for them, and who also know that what they want as something ultimately good for them, is worth waiting patiently for, praying fervently for, and working feverishly for.



Where I come from, people have the utmost respect and reverence for farmers. I am one of those who look up to them with awe. My father was an accountant by profession, but a farmer by vocation. He loved to plant. He loved to till the soil and be close to nature. He began planting coffee trees at age 11, together with his even younger brother who eventually died as a boy of something that, by today's medical standards, could easily have been cured. He knew what he wanted. He knew that what he wanted was good for his future (and ours!). And he worked for what he wanted with utmost dedication, commitment, and perseverance.



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SEPARATED, SAVED & SENT 28th Sunday (Year C) | October 9, 2016 (English)

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SEPARATED, SAVED, & SENT

Today, the readings speak about something totally unexpected, something unpredictable, and utterly surprising from all points of view. Naaman, a foreigner, a non-Jew, and a non-believer, is healed of his dermatological problems of depressing and alienating proportions (1st Reading). What makes it surprising is that a foreigner is deigned worthy of being healed by God. What makes the story unexpected is that he, a man of means and a man of influence "went down and plunged himself into the Jordan seven times," - a possible allusion both to embracing humility, and doing as he is instructed by Elisha, that is, physically going down the waters of the Jordan. What makes it unpredictable is the total and complete turn-around of somebody who was not expected to believe and embrace the faith of Elisha and all those the prophet stood for.

Naaman's story is a story of reversals par excellence.

The Gospel story, too, is one whose element of surprise is …