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Word Made Flesh

Love lets you live outside the law

Kathleen Giffin

October 20, 2014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 26, 2014

Several years ago I attended a presentation by Christopher West on the theology of the body. At one point he asked an audience member if he wanted to murder his wife. Everyone laughed and the man said no, he didn't want to murder his wife. Whereupon West said, "Then you don't need the law to prevent you from murdering your wife." The point, of course, is that the "law" is there to keep us conformed to God's ways when our heart is not yet in conformity with God's ways. When our heart and mind is in union with God, we no longer need the law to tell us what to do.

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Loved one's death can shake a person's faith

Brett Fawcett

October 20, 2014
All Souls' Day
November 2, 2014

Many devout believers in God have had their faith severely shaken by the death of a loved one. Even the great Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, almost lost his faith when his wife died of cancer. It can be hard to believe that a God of love would allow us to experience something as cruel as grief. Yet grief is not a sin, even when it causes us to doubt God's goodness. Indeed, in our First Reading from Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah bluntly expresses this sort of tortured grief over the destruction of Jerusalem and the massacre of the Jews.

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Guests should accept the king's invitation

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 6, 2014
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2014

He (the king) dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come." The guests should come to the feast. The ancient world was not as well fed as we are, at least those who live in the West today. Every five years or so, people starved, due to drought, excessive rain or war. Even at the best of times, daily meals were simple. Often months would pass with little or no meat on the table. That is why a feast became the universal symbol of heavenly delights. The wedding feast, of all feasts, was supreme.

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Humble yourself before the one Lord

John Connelly

October 6, 2014
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 6, 2014

The prophet Isaiah writes these blunt words: "I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me." This is politically incorrect. Today many would prefer a God who is not so direct. A God who is open to the possibility of other gods according to each person's individual taste and liking. A God who conforms to the twisted logic of the world in which we live.

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A bad memory hangs in my closet

Kathleen Giffin

September 22, 2014
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 28, 2014

Somewhere in the back of my closet is a small cream coloured sweater, the kind of thing you would wear over a summer dress to cover your shoulders if it is cool out. I've never worn it; yet there are certain memories attached to it that are uncomfortable to recall. I purchased it in a consignment store in Calgary a few years ago. I was there on one of my periodic "have to buy new clothes for work" shopping trips. I had gathered up quite a number of items, all with good prices, and was in the last consideration of what I was going to take and what I would leave behind when a new customer came into the small shop.

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Son of God meets us in irritating people

Brett Fawcett

September 22, 2014
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 5, 2014

When we donate money to a charitable cause, choose to spend time with a relative or friend who we find tiresome or exhausting, or volunteer for church functions, we may be inclined to be a little proud of ourselves. We could have used these resources for ourselves, but instead, we've benevolently chosen to share them with others. This Sunday's Scriptures should end that kind of thinking once and for all.

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The cross brings life amidst our turmoil

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 8, 2014
Triumph of the Cross
September 14, 2014

The story of the bronze serpent made by Moses and mounted on the pole has its own sequence of events. The tragedy begins, as always, in growing forgetfulness of God and lack of gratitude. As life in the desert gets tougher, the thoughts of the wanderers shift from God's past miracles and focus on present dissatisfaction, the meagre food and the absence of the lush greenery of Egypt's delta.

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Only wisdom can combat relativism

John Connelly

September 8, 2014
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 21, 2014

One truth is inescapable: We will all face reality in the end. Whatever we have made of our lives will be known. As human beings we can deny reality but we cannot escape it. Reality is not something we make up or produce on our own.

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Protect us from false words of reassurance

Kathleen Giffin

August 25, 2014
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2014

This Sunday's Gospel contains Matthew's account of one of Peter's famous stumbles. Jesus had revealed the great events that lay before him, that it was soon time for him to go up to Jerusalem and undergo his suffering, death and resurrection. Peter is scandalized by those words and says to Jesus, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you."

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Proclaim the hard truth with courage

Brett Fawcett

August 25, 2014
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 7, 2014

We all know the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words." What we often forget, or choose not to notice, is that this aphorism explicitly tells us that sometimes it's necessary to use words, and the appropriate time for them is usually when it's most uncomfortable to speak.

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