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Ten Righteous People

Pastor’s Column 17th Sunday Ordinary Time July 28, 2019 Today’s first reading (Genesis 18:20-32) is one of the most important in all of the Old Testament. Abraham is having a conversation with the Lord as he visits the ancient city of Sodom on the Dead Sea. Scholars have long been intrigued by the description of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; where the city was located and by what means it was destroyed. Here the Lord God discloses to Abraham his intention to destroy the city for its wickedness. Abraham for his part intercedes with the Lord over and over again in an attempt to save these towns from the ruin they deserve, and the Lord in the end listens to the prayers of Abraham. Th

Abraham Meets God in Disguise

Pastor’s Column 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 21, 2019 Remember always to welcome strangers, For by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 Abraham is standing by his tent in the heat of the day. He is a Bedouin, a nomad, probably sitting in the shade, when he spots three strangers approaching. As soon as he sees them, Abraham rushes out to greet these travelers, and, drawing near, bows to the ground before them as a formal sign of welcome. What Abraham does not realize, of course, is that this is actually the Lord God who has disguised himself. Abraham has just offered hospitality to God. Notice that there are three: already a hidden hint of

Loving God in This Present Moment

Pastor’s Column 15th Sunday Ordinary Time July 14, 2019 “For this commandment which I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it so that we might carry it out?’ Nor is it across the sea …. No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.” Deuteronomy 30:10-14 (1st reading at Mass) When I was discerning the priesthood, I used my travel benefits with the airline I worked for at the time to go all over the country on retreats at various religious houses and monasteries, and I did this for several years. On

Travel Advice from Jesus

Pastor’s Column 14th Sunday Ordinary Time July 7, 2019 What with this being the travel season, many of us will be going places. Imagine for a moment your “trip of a lifetime” that you have been planning and longing for, and then arriving only to find that your luggage is not there! Jesus’ advice to the disciples this Sunday (Luke 10:1-20) to travel light as they go can have a spiritual meaning for us, in that no matter how hard we may prepare, we are called on to rely on divine providence in those events that we cannot foresee. Just imagine if you were going on a pilgrimage and were given this advice: Don’t bring any money Forget about a suitcase; you won’t need that either Don’t bring an ex

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