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September 20, 2020 - Twenty Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 9/17/20

Background on the Gospel Reading

In today's Gospel, Jesus moves from Galilee to teach in Judea where he is sought out by great crowds and tested by the Pharisees on issues such as marriage and divorce. Jesus also encounters a rich young man who is unable to accept Jesus' ... Read More »

September 13, 2020 - Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 9/10/20

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today's Gospel reading directly follows last week's Gospel in which Jesus taught the disciples how to handle disputes and conflict within the Christian community. In today's reading Peter asks Jesus how many times one ought to extend forgiveness to another. Peter proposes a reasonable ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon John Tucker

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 8/27/20

As with last Sunday’s gospel, St. Peter is once again a prominent figure in this Sunday’s gospel.  That reminds of the time that Dilbert, the uncle of our friend Bubba, passed away.  Dilbert went to the pearly gates.  He was met there by St. Peter.  St. Peter said, “Dilbert, ... Read More »

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon John Tucker

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 8/20/20

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, Jesus gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven to Peter.  From this gift comes our common imagery of St. Peter at the pearly gates.  It reminds me of the time that Bubba’s uncle Lester passed away.  Lester arrived at the pearly gates at ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 16, 2020 - Deacon John Tucker

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 8/14/20

Today’s Gospel talks about dogs eating scraps from the table.  It reminds me of the time that our friend Bubba decided at the last moment that he wanted to take his dog on a trip to California.  He called the airline and asked the customer service representative if he ... Read More »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 9, 2020 - Deacon John Tucker

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 8/06/20

In today’s Gospel we hear about Jesus walking on water.  It reminds me that one day our friend Bubba, his wife Beulah Mae, and his brother Chester were fishing in a lake.  Their old boat sprang a leak and began to sink.  Chester started to panic.  Bubba said, “Don’t ... Read More »

July 26, 2020 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 7/23/20

Jesus continues with his parables about the Kingdom of God.  This one especially is about what we value, and how we make personal commitments to Jesus, the Christ.  All of us are sinners, and all are called to see salvation and the forgiveness of God as valuable in our ... Read More »

July 19, 2020 - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 7/17/20

It’s story time.  There are two kinds of stories at play in today’s Gospel from Matthew.  The first is the “uber” meaning, the large story about the Incarnation.  In it the divinity in heaven is added to the taking the flesh of humanity.  Jesus is seen as perfectly divine ... Read More »

July 12, 2020 - 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 7/10/20

The farmer, the seed, the path.  A very familiar and oft-read story.  Jesus begins speaking to his disciples and followers in parables – so that they would understand.  He used “farming” as a point of departure in the parable we’ve proclaimed today.  Many of his listeners were farmers and ... Read More »

July 5, 2020 - Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. James Griffin on 7/02/20

Usually, we say that Scripture and the Gospels in particular call us to action as modern day disciples, and form the basis for our call to ministry.  That is never more true than now in our world.  But, the Scripture and Gospels also give us comfort in that we ... Read More »