Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Life of Repentance – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…repentance isn’t just about the first time that we turn away from a life ruled by sin and towards a life ruled by Christ; it is about every time that we do so. The Greek word for repentance literally means to change one’s mind (metanoia, meta- to change; nous-mind), to turn away not just from sinful actions themselves, but from all the disordered motives, desires and passions that drive them in order that we might turn towards the mercy, healing and New Life that are offered in Christ….Thus it is that, one by one, the power of every unclean spirit is destroyed and the shackles of our bondage to decay are shattered, and we are freed to surrender ourselves to ‘the Love that wants us to be fully alive.'”

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An Inexpressible Gift – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

An Inexpressible Gift – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“One of Paul’s favorite analogies to describe the relationship with God that we gain through baptism is adoption…What I love about this analogy is what it reveals to us about the type of interaction that God wants to have with us. He does not interact to us as a master to his servants, nor does he relate to us as an aloof king to his subjects. He reacts to us precisely in the way the best father in the world would interact with each of his children: with a unique love for each and every one of us in which he cares about absolutely every aspect of our lives. Nothing is too small or great to take to our daddy.”

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Whose Church? – First Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whose Church? – First Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The king’s temple or God’s? Our church or God’s? A Christ shaped by culture or a culture shaped by Christ? These are the questions we are answering in the wrong way every time we succumb to thoughts in matters of fundamental faith and practice like “we must adapt to the times” or “we could lose a whole generation who think differently” or “we need to be on what everyone is saying will be the right side of history.”… This is not about a particular issue, though I do think it is very applicable. Rather it is about a mindset…It is my point that it is the temple that is God’s which best serves the king. It is the church that is God’s that best serves us, our culture and our time.

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Hope Borne of Suffering – Second Reading of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Hope Borne of Suffering – Second Reading of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Pascal says that God will give you just enough light, that if you want to find him you will, but not so much light that if you don’t want to find him, you won’t. God does not force himself upon us, yet we know him to be true. He does not force eternal life on us, yet the desire for it is inscribed in our hearts (Eccl 3:11). Thus, we must choose to live for this life, despite the barriers that the enemy puts in our way. Hope is a grace, yes, but a grace that we must be willing to accept. We must take solace in the word of God, that it is a reliable glimpse of the glorious life that awaits us when we are truly born.

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