33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017

Readings: Homily: It’s a great tragedy that our Gospel today is called the parable of the talents.  The greek unit of measure for weight and currency, a “talenton”, is unfortunately always translated to “talent” in english, which sounds just like our english word for a particular skill or aptitude.  Sadly, there’s really no better translation, […]

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017

Readings: Homily: Jesus puts our faith to the test in today’s Gospel and raises a challenging question:  Can our faith handle religious hypocrisy?  He tells the people gathered before him that they should listen to and follow the moral teachings of the scribes and Pharisees, because they teach with the authority of Moses.  Yet then […]

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017

Readings: Homily: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s.  Given our Gospel today, you may be expecting me to give a talk about being Catholic in our complicated political landscape, or summarize a book on it, like Archbishop Chaput’s excellent one by the same title: “Render unto Caesar”.  You may […]

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017

Readings: Homily: Vineyards are some of the most beautiful places on earth; very picturesque with sprawling vine-covered hills, little farm houses, and typically a cellar and tasting room.  There’s something soothing and pleasing to the eye about miles and miles of green, straight lines, waving gently in the breeze.  Order in nature is beautiful.  Even […]

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