A beautiful history of helping the Lazarus at our door

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 25-26, 2010
Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

We have just heard, in the Gospel reading, Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the rich man. And, just a few years ago, there was a man living in downtown DC who was sort of like the figure of Lazarus in that parable. His name was Anthony—Anthony Cosby. Anthony had grown up in Richmond; and then after high school he went into the Navy, and he served in the Navy for 6 years. And then, after leaving the Navy, he got a part-time job. Well, actually, he got two or three part-time jobs; none of them paid very much. And, as he went on, he couldn’t make ends meet; to the extent that he ended up losing his housing. (more…)

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La importancia de evitar las redes de la riqueza

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 26 Septiembre 2010
Amós 6, 1.4-7; Sal 145; 1 Tim 6, 11-16; Luc 16,19-31

La parábola que oímos hoy en la lectura del Evangelio es dirigida a los ricos. Recuerdan que, en la semana pasada, oímos la parábola del mal administrador. Y después de contar esa parábola, Jesús añadió en su explicación: “No pueden ustedes servir a Dios y al dinero.” Y entonces, en el versículo siguiente, leemos que: Al oír estas cosas, los fariseos, que son amantes del dinero, se burlaban de Jesús. Aunque los fariseos quisieron ser justos, eran ciegos en unas áreas morales, y así muchas veces se opusieron a nuestro Señor Jesús: inclusive en este tema de cómo es el uso justo del dinero.

Y Jesús respondió por contarles esta parábola de Lázaro y del hombre rico; (more…)

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How does a servant of God seize the moment?

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 19, 2010
Amos 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

There is a Catholic blogger, a young wife and mother, who recently invited her readers to imagine the following: Imagine that you have taken a trip to Mongolia. And you’ve got quite a bit of time to explore this far-off land. And so one day you are hiking over some remote plateaus, where not very many people live. And off in the distance, you see a human figure, a long way off. And this person is coming toward you, closer and closer. You figure it must be one of the local Mongolians who live in that region. This person comes closer and closer. And then you recognize him: it’s your next-door neighbor, from Maryland! What is he doing here? (more…)

The Prodigal Son and the New Evangelization

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11-12, 2010
Exod 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

There are so many in our world who have lost their way and are far from God. And how will we respond?

This is a question that is posed to several in our readings today. In the first reading it seems that the Lord is testing Moses by saying to him that he intends to destroy the People of Israel, there in the desert, for having turned to an idol—and to instead raise up Moses and make a great nation of him. And what will Moses say to that? And Moses certainly passes the test, because he does not say, “Oh yes, make a great nation of me.” No, he says: show mercy and compassion to your people, (more…)

Christ’s tough challenge—and promise

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 5, 2010
Wis 9:13-18b; Ps 90:3-6, 12-17; Phmn 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33

“Are you man enough to be my disciple?” Jesus asks in today’s Gospel. “Are you woman enough to be my disciple? Do you have what it takes to go the distance? Do you have what it takes to finish the job?”

Now, some of us might want to give our Lord a little advice here! It seems that he has probably got a marketing problem! What kind of a message is that? And so we can imagine a conversation that some marketing and advertising executives might have with him: (more…)

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