18 October 2021
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free . . . He promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. (Lk 1:68; 70-71)
"In his canticle, Zechariah rejoiced that the Lord had come to the People of Israel to save them from their enemies, from those who hated them. But it begs the question: Who is the enemy today? It's a good question since, according to one count, the word enemy (or 'enemies') is found in the Bible 372 times! So, who are our enemies?
"First, just as Israel
had enemies in its day, so too does the Christian Church have enemies in
our day. The Church has always had enemies, beginning with Saul of
Tarsus, during the Roman Empire, and continuing throughout the ages. And
in some parts of the world, even today, Christians are persecuted and
martyred. Closer to home the disdain for the Church is on full display
in the vandalism of churches and statues, in punitive lawsuits, in the
halls of Congress, and in our secular society."
In a recent commentary, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of the Diocese of Providence
(RI), reflected on who our enemies may be - including enemies of the Church, personal enemies, ourselves,and Satan.
To access Bishop Tobin's complete essay, please visit:
The Imitation of Christ: And Who Is The Enemy? (14 OCT 21)
"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." - Luke 6:27-28
17 October 2021
Today the Church celebrates the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The assigned readings are Isaiah 53:10-11, Hebrews 4:14-16,
and Mark 10:35-45. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 33 (Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22).
For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:
YouTube: Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 33 "Lord, let Your mercy be on us; as we place our trust in You"
The Gospel reading is as follows:
Reflections on these readings:
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflections: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 17, 2021
In Exile: A Drama of the Heart - Jesus' Sacrifice (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Glancing Thoughts: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
The Perspective of Justice: The Greatest Service (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Let the Scriptures Speak: Jesus, Lay High Priest (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Historical Cultural Context: Acquiring Honor (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by John Chrysostom (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
From "a number of years ago": when the children were younger, we would go each year (typically on Columbus Day weekend) to Petersen Farm in Harmony (RI) to pick up pumpkins and other select items. (Mr. Petersen was also the deputy chief at the Harmony Fire Department. During our last few trips there, he was starting to grow Christmas trees, and, since then, the farm has transitioned entirely to Christmas trees.):
"Having seen many performances of Shakespeare's play, I have heard many actors' interpretations of Hamlet's response to the seemingly innocent question: 'What do you read, my lord?'
"With dry irony, or with
bitterness, weariness, humor or biting sarcasm, Hamlet replies: 'Words,
words, words.' Like his author, Hamlet had reason to be fed up with
words and reason to be entranced with them. So have we all.
"A dizzying variety of words is spit out at us regularly. How do we sort them out? Consider the difficulty of understanding the thought of one person you love and respect. What would it take to absorb and understand even a tiny fraction of all the thought that is thrown at us? . . .
"True words can reveal something, just as false words can deny something. When words are misused and truth relative, it produces in us an understandable anger that gets recycled as general anguish."
In a recent commentary, Catholic News Service columnist Mary Marrocco reflected on the importance of words in our lives and on the need to open ourselves to faith-related words.
To access Ms. Marrocco's complete essay, please visit:
Boston Pilot: Echoes: Mary Marrocco: Speak the sacred (8 OCT 21)
"Jesus asks us to immerse ourselves compassionately in the lives of those we meet as He has done with us. God is love and love is humble, it does not exalt itself, but descends like the rain that falls to the earth and brings life." - Pope Francis
16 October 2021
A number of articles/posts have recently been published on a variety of subjects worth considering.
To access some of these, please visit: