26th Sunday in OT (Ezk 18:25-28; Matt 21:28-32) –October 1, 2017 PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Jesus gives a simple situation in this parable about a father and his two sons.  The command (or request?) of the father was the same for both sons, but their responses differ. And both sons eventually modify their responses with […]

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

FORGIVING SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN TIMES 24th Sunday in OT (SIR 27:30—28:7; Matt 18:21-35) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) When Peter asks Jesus asks about how many times he must forgive his brother who sins against him, he thought he was being generous when he proposes his answer: “Seven times?”  Seven was, after all, the perfect number.  But […]

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23rd Sunday in OT (Ezk 33:7-9; Matt 18:15-20) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) “In the room of charity” (Latin: in camera caritatis) is a Latin expression of medieval origin, which means in a place where no one else may hear.  The “camera” (room) is the place where power is exercised and “caritatis” (charity) is the attitude of love […]

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22nd Sunday in OT (Jer 20:7-9; Matt 16:21-27) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Jesus—Messiah and Son of God.  This was the response of Peter the last time Jesus asked his disciples who they say he was.  After having given Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven, he sternly forbade his disciples to tell anyone that he […]

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21st Sunday in OT (Is 22:19-23; Matt 16:13-20) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Caesarea Philippi is found in the northern part of Israel.  It is a place of springs, the water source that flows into the streams leading to the Sea of Galilee.  Here, there used to be a flourishing Roman city where stood a lot of […]

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