Category Archives: Ordinary Time

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

~ from the USCCB website

Depend on God

Gospel


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Run Time: approximately 1 and a half minutes.

Gospel: Mt 6:24-34.

Sermon


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Run Time: approximately 8 minutes.

“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

On Vocations


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Run Time: approximately 14 minutes.

Gospel: MT 4:12-23.

This one has been the talk of the parish. Fr. James Richardson spoke on his own vocation, and on vocations in general. The sermon is about 14 minutes long.

Please excuse the sound quality. Same problem. Still working on it.

A Sure Remedy


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Run Time: approximately 6 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 1:29-34.

I apologize for the audio problems which are ongoing from last week, but it is still possible to understand the Deacon as he explains what the cause for the spiritual aliments that beset us is and what their surest remedy is-

“We were made and designed for life. We Christians understand that [this desire] is for eternal life. Yet in the business of life we sometimes only live a shadow of a life.”

On Work


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Run Time: 13:47. 2nd Reading: 2 Thes 3:7-12.

Our own efforts and labors have been an integral part of our dignity in the image and likeness of the Creator. That’s why it is such a challenge and really such a struggle – more than just financially – to be out of work. To lose that thing whereby I express the gifts that God has given me. And we run the risk of losing sight of that participation in the creative work of God, whether it comes to my gain and benefit or simply as a living out of the blessings God has given me. That participation is more than about ‘well, how useful am I?’ And we can say this is this attitude of St. Paul – to be busy about that for which God has equipped me; is about more than just, ‘well, do you have a job?’ But even for those, for those out of work or for even those unable, there is still some call to participate in the work of God.

An Attitude of Gratitude

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Run Time: 12:57. Gospel: Lk 18: 9-14.

The Pharisee coming in – quite full of himself – and even the way Jesus describes his prayer: ‘He spoke this prayer to himself.’ He read his credentials before God: ‘O God I’m pretty darn good. You’re lucky to have me. I’m not like the rest of these.’ It is a recitation of his own merits and of his own pride. And it’s for this that Jesus says, ‘he did not go home justified.’ It’s not that the things he did were not good. We’re not lead to doubt that when he says ‘I’m not greedy, dishonest or adulterous,’ that he was lying. But he accounted them to himself as his own accomplishments and rewards. The works that he’s done – the fasting, the tithing. If every Christian did as much the world would be a very different place. But again … these things have all happened on the surface and he has not let them move his heart. He has no gratitude before God.

Help!

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Run Time: 08:48. Gospel: Lk 18: 1-8

All of our efforts at help are grounded in the Lord’s help. When we forget that we get into trouble. To do it on our own was what got us “tossed” out of the Garden of Eden. And so, while we are called to be His instruments, it is God’s power and grace that is delivered.