Monthly Archives: August 2016

15th Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 28, 2016. Mt 22 35-46

In this Gospel passage Jesus combines Deut. 6:5 and Lev. 19:18. “Therefore you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength “Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” […]

13th Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 21, 2016. Matthew 22:2-14

The wedding banquet in today’s Gospel reading is, quite obviously, an allegory for the kingdom of God. It also presents to us the Eucharist, which is the wedding banquet between Christ, the bridegroom, and the Church, his bride. We currently live in a paradox concerning God’s kingdom. The fact that we can receive the Eucharist […]

13th Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 14, 2016. Matthew 21: 33-42

Jesus concludes the allegory in today’s Gospel reading by saying, “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” By our own rebellious lives, wanting to take the vineyard for ourselves, we can reject God’s will for us.  We can reject Jesus, the cornerstone of our lives. And when we tear away that cornerstone […]

12th Sunday after Pentecost. Aug. 7, 2016. Mt 19:16-26

The rich young man had being doing a lot of things to live a proper moral life, according to Jewish teaching. You might say that he had come to the entry level to eternal life and wanted to know what the next step would be. He was confident that he was observing all of the […]


Jesus answers St. Peter that he must forgive his brother or sister seven times seventy times. He tells the parable. Once more we are reminded of the importance of forgiving others – a reminder that can’t come too often. Jesus ends the parable by saying, “And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with […]