Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Rejecting Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rejecting Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I don’t actively reject Jesus when I recognize him, but I do often reject him unknowingly when I don’t see him.

When do I not see him? When I do not see him in the hungry, sick, and thirsty –“If you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.” When I hear the Gospels read and do nothing about it-“Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does….” When I see the bread and cup elevated and see only bread and wine – “This is my body….This my blood.” In these, and countless other ways every day I run the risk of inadvertently rejecting Jesus because I simply did not see him. I am blinded by the “extraordinary ordinariness” of his presence.

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Boasting in the Lord – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Boasting in the Lord – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we grow in our spiritual life, as we serve more and more, as we accomplish greater things for God, our fallen human nature tends toward taking more and more of the credit and, eventually, trying to do more and more on our own so we can get the credit. We begin doing things more FOR Jesus than WITH and THROUGH Him. Sadly, the result is the demise of our own soul and the diminishing and souring of all we do. No wonder Paul was thankful for those gifts of weakness in his life. They are what reminded him of his need for grace.

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Will You Come? – Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Will You Come? – Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Notice how unequivocal his words are. He does not say that we might find rest if we are lucky or try hard enough. He says we will find rest—not because of anything spectacular we have done to earn this rest, but because of His faithfulness. The certainty of the fulfillment of this promise rests on the reality of His unfailing love. He will give it to us. All we must do is come.”

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Humble and Riding on an Ass – First Reading of the Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Humble and Riding on an Ass – First Reading of the Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Look, if you will, at only one small portion of the week that follows Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem – the Last Supper (or perhaps the king’s royal banquet?). When all had arrived the king girded himself with a towel, got on his knees and washed his subject’s feet. Then, at dinner, he took bread and a cup and said, “This is my body given for you and my blood shed for you”. This king rules from his knees and his throne is a cross. He himself says, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.

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