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The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (24 September 2017) Is 55:6-9; Ps 145; Phil 1:20-24; Mt 20:1-16 Theme: The lord is good to all   Download     In her sermon on this Sunday’s gospel, called “Beginning at the End,” Barbara Brown Taylor compares the laborers waiting for work to her childhood memories of standing…

Parashat D’Varim

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat  D’varim  Shabbat Shuvah 22 September 2017 Week of 17-23, September 2017   Torah portion: Deuteronomy 32:1-32       Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10, Joel 2:15-27 and Micah 7:18-20   Download   Today is Shabbat after Rosh Hashanah and before Yom Kippur. Shabbat Shuvah lies between the celebration of the New Year, yet reminds of repentance…

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (17 September 2017) Lectionary readings: Sirach 27:30-28:7; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35 Theme: Reconciliation and Forgiveness, Be Kind and Merciful   Download   Living in Australia now for nearly six years, it is a common occurrence to hear of the Australian State of Reconciliation and Forgiveness,…

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelek

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelek – Erev Shabbat 15 September 2017 Week of 10-16 September 2017 Torah portion: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9 Download   We are coming to the end of Moses‘ instructions to the people before he passes on his leadership to Joshua and dies. Here we have two Parashot covering only three…

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Alternative Commentary Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 10th, 2017) Ez 33:7-9, Ps 94:1-2, 6-9, Rom 13:8-10. Mt 18:15-20 At the heart of today’s gospel lies the “difficult art” (Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2017) of correction in a Christian community. Download   This “difficult art” is explored within the larger context of chapter 18,…

Hebrew Song of September

עַל שְלֹשָה דְּבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד- עַל הַתּוֹרָה וְעַל הָעֲבוֹדָה וְעַל גְּמִילוּת חֲסָדִים. (מִשְנָה, מַסֶּכֶת אָבוֹת,  פֶּרֶק א, מִשְנָה ב)   Al shelosha devarim ha’olam omed- al ha-tora ,ve-al ha-avoda, ve-al gemilut chasadim   On three things the world stands – on the Tora, on God worship and on charity (benevolence) (Mishna, tractate Avot, chapter 1,…

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (10 September 2017) Lectionary readings: Ezek 33:7-9; Ps.95; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20 Theme: Respectful Fraternal Correction, Discipline and Reconciliation.   Download   A phrase we hear all the time, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”. It is an easy and convenient way to wash our hands of involvement with…

Parashat Ki Tavo

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Ki Tavo, Shabbat, September 9th 2017 Week of September 3rd- 9th Torah portion:  Dt. 26:1-29:8   Haftarah: Is. 60:1-22 Download   Within this parashah we see an emphasis on the past, present and the future. The Israelites remembering that they were once slaves in Egypt are now about to cross the Jordan and are ready…

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Alternatice Commentary  Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept 3, 2017)  Lectionary Readings:  Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rom 12:1-2; Matt 16:21-27 Theme: “he . . . must . . . undergo great suffering” (v. 21).   Download   The liturgy for the Twenty-Second Sunday juxtaposes two prophetic figures who exemplify the pain and suffering that seems to be the…