Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I think about this Gospel reading, I wonder what’s really going on.  Were the Pharisees really concerned that the Sabbath was being violated, and that people were not experiencing sabbath rest from their labors so that they could grow in relationship with their God?  Probably not.  Contextually, we can see how the Pharisees were being… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It could have been jealousy.  Or maybe they just felt threatened.  Either way, the Pharisees had lost sight of the mission. You could see how they would have been jealous: here they are working long and hard to take care of the many prescripts of their religion, attending with exacting detail to the… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right. God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing, also of mercy. There is no way that we can rest if we are in need… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right. God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing, also of mercy. There is no way that we can rest if we are in need… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

So what was at stake here?  Was it the Sabbath?  Not really. For Jesus, there wasn’t such a thing as a Sabbath rest from his mission of healing, nd teaching, and bringing people to salvation.  So as he walked along with his disciples, it didn’t bother him that they were “working” by picking heads of… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right.  God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing.  There is no way that we can rest if we are in need of healing.  The… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thritieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right.  God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing.  We find great healing when we rest, and so the healing of a person who had… Continue reading Monday of the Thritieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So what was at stake here?  Was it the Sabbath?  Not really. For Jesus, there wasn’t such a thing as a Sabbath breath from healing, and teaching, and bringing people to salvation.  So as he walked along with his disciples, it didn’t bother him that they were “working” by picking heads of grain… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] This isn’t a rural, agricultural area – although of course, it once was.  And your preacher today is a city and suburb boy, so some of the rural and agricultural themes of today’s Scripture readings threaten to pass us by.  And that would be too bad, because these themes are at the… Continue reading Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time