Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Surrender – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Surrender – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whatever area it is, and regardless of how many areas there are, the call to surrender all is not a call to give these things up because they don’t matter. To the contrary, the fact that they do matter is precisely the point. That is why the rich man walks away, and why I, for one, so often fail in this area….The call to surrender is a call to entrust, to remember that He who has called us to take up our cross and follow him has also said that He came that we might have life and have it in abundance (John 10:10). It is a call, in the words of Bishop Robert Barron, to surrender ourselves “to the Love that makes man fully alive.”

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A Living and Effective Word – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Living and Effective Word – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Throughout the ages the Church has affirmed that “Sacred Scripture is the utterance of God put down as it is in writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” (Dei Verbum) That is, the Bible is the written word of God. As such, to read the Scriptures is a dangerous thing for “the word of God is living and effective, sharper than a two edged sword” When we read the Scripture, if we will listen, God speaks. And when God speaks, things happen. It has always been so and will always be so.

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Come to the Banquet! – Gospel for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Come to the Banquet! – Gospel for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“It is true that the door is open to all men, but when they come they must bring a life which seeks to fit the love that has been given them. Grace is not only a gift; it is a grave responsibility. A man cannot go on living the life he lived before he met Jesus Christ. He must be clothed in a new purity and a new holiness and a new goodness. The door is open, but the door is not open for the sinner to come and remain a sinner, but for the sinner to come and become a saint.” –William Barclay

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All Things Through Christ – Second Reading of the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

All Things Through Christ – Second Reading of the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

…the misuse of this verse by some must not be allowed to keep the rest of us from the glory of its message: There is nothing in this world you or I will ever face that, with God’s help, will not be able to overcome. There is nothing in this world we need to accomplish that, with God’s help, we cannot accomplish. So make the note cards and tape them to your refrigerator. Memorize the verse and repeat it ten times a day. Put a plaque by the door with this verse and never leave the house without glancing at it. Do whatever it takes to ingrain in your mind and heart the great truth God has for you: that YOU can do all things through him who strengthens you.

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