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

What Are You Doing Down There?


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Run Time: approximately 15 minutes.

Gospel: Mt 25:14-30.

My parents had a room in the basement that was the play room. And that’s the room where all the toys were put and where the worst of the chaos was wrought…. And occasionally we’d be sent to this place, not to play, but to clean up… but after 2 or 3 hours of “cleaning up” ah, at which point we had clearly forgotten what we were there for… Somebody would step on somebody else’s toes or something of that sort… and a fight would break out. A voice would come from upstairs: “What are you doing down there?” And the worst answer was: “Nothin!” because that was not the purpose. We were not put to this to do ‘nothin’ and I think of that in our daily examine how often, when we ask the question “what are you doing?” what are you doing in there? What are you doing with your time? What are you doing with this precious gift of life that you’ve been given? What are you doing with your attention, your patience, your charity? What a thing to answer back: “Nothin!” “Not getting into any trouble.” We’re here to do more than just not get into any trouble…. Jesus Christ did not take upon flesh and suffer and die for us simply to get us out of hell.

Who Bids Entry?

Lying in repose


Lying in repose: Otto von Habsburg, heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones, and his wife Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, at the Capuchin Church in Vienna on Friday, 15 July 2011. Photo Credit: Gryffindor, Wikimedia
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Run Time: 14 minutes. Gospel: Mt 25:1-13.

Aren’t we supposed to share? Well, yes!… But I cannot supply for another what they will not have, and another cannot supply for me what I will not have. Nobody’s holy grandmother is going to get them into heaven – if I will not follow Christ myself. Nobody’s good wife or husband, or generous children, will move what they themselves will not move.

Puzzles


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Run Time: approximately 13 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 23:1-12.

And also – I think – to be attentive to what else it is I put in front of my eyes. What other images do I follow and how is … life constructed if that is what I’m constantly looking at. Does my life look like Philippians or Facebook? Which one’s the better pattern? To be conscious and attentive that, no, that’s not. There are certain things (that) begin to distort how I put this puzzle of my life together – and how I respond to others, patterns that I lay out as I have this in front of me. As I have either that image of imitation of Christ, or imitation of the world.

Which Is More Important?


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 22:34-40.

…it’s easy enough when He says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind…” to start with – and end: “already He’s got that L-word in there.’ … “You shall love ~ mind.” – it doesn’t mean “You shall have warm feelings towards the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul and your mind.” Or that you should think nice things. [Not] even that you should have affection for the Lord your God – although this is a fruit of devotion and piety…. But first, when we hear in the bible the word ‘love’ you can almost always substitute ‘sacrifice’. You shall sacrifice to the Lord your God – your whole heart, make an offering of it. Your whole mind, to make a submission and an offering. Your whole soul, that you shall give before the Lord your God your whole self…

Charity Is…


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Run Time: approximately 10 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 22:1-14.

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Faithful Stewardship


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Run Time: approximately 13 minutes. Gospel: Mt 21:33-43.

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

The Better Part of the Deal


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Run Time: approximately 10 minutes. Gospel: Mt 20:1-16a.

In our hearts we still … have that inclination that secretly that those who are, to use the … imagery of this parable, that those who are out in the square not working are getting the better part of the deal. That those who are not at work in the Father’s vineyard somehow are getting by with something. Even in regard to sin – we may profess “well I know this is a sin,” we don’t, we don’t put that in our hearts. This is a turning from God and from my true purpose and meaning in life. And instead sometimes we sort of look and grumble as though they’re getting the better part of the deal and maybe I ought to get in on that.