SERVANT

Wednesday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time                   “Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so…”             The Greek word for ‘servant’ is doulos – and can be translated as either servant or slave. A doulos in Jesus’ time was more of a slave than a hired servant. Doulos implied a total … Continue reading SERVANT

INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM

Monday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time                         Jesus, in today’s gospel reading, issues a stern warning against greed: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” And then he tells the parable of the rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He … Continue reading INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM

TOTAL COMMITMENT, ABSOLUTE LOYALTY

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time                       A pig said to a chicken, “What shall we have for breakfast?” The chicken suggested, “Let’s have ham and eggs.” The pig said, “Oh no, not ham!” “Why not? The chicken replied, I’ll provide the eggs and you the ham.” The pig said, “For you, ham and eggs for … Continue reading TOTAL COMMITMENT, ABSOLUTE LOYALTY

TO GOD ALONE

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time                       The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘question’ as “sentence worded or expressed so as to seek information or an answer; a doubt or dispute about a matter.” So, the most fundamental use of ‘question’ is to get information.             However, different people have different reasons for asking different questions. … Continue reading TO GOD ALONE

WHOSE IMAGE IS THIS?

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time                       In one TV commercial, Andre Agassi, a very popular tennis player and considered to be a pop icon, said, “Image is everything.” Indeed, in the world of advertisement, image is everything. Advertisement is all about projecting an image, selling an image, and convincing people “to buy” that image. And … Continue reading WHOSE IMAGE IS THIS?

BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

Saturday, 28th Week in Ordinary Time                        Jesus, in today’s gospel reading, says, “The one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” We blaspheme the Holy Spirit when we deny his grace, reject his assistance, or refuse to allow his light to penetrate our minds and hearts. Thus, we are unable to … Continue reading BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

HEARING THE PROPHETS

Thursday, 28th Week in Ordinary Time                       Jesus criticizes the lawyers for building monumental tombs for the prophets whom their ancestors killed, thereby participating in their sinful deeds. According to John Craghan’s commentary on this passage, Jesus seems to be implying that they will inflict a similar fate on him, God’s last and definitive prophet. … Continue reading HEARING THE PROPHETS