Monthly Archives: September 2017

16th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 24, 2017. 2 Cor 6:1-10; Lk 5:1-11

In the Gospel narrative of today the 16th Sunday after Pentecost Jesus calls the first disciples. Simon – later called Peter – James and John were fisherman. Did these men know about Jesus and His work? Perhaps, Jesus already knew Simon, James and John. Jesus, having observed them at work, chose them to follow him […]

Sunday after Exaltation of the Cross, Sept. 17, 2017. Gal 2:16-20; Mk 8:34-9:1

In today’s apostolic reading we read what St. Paul wrote to the Christian in Galatia, “yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me…” In the Gospel Jesus warns, “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” After his conversion, St. Paul, obviously gave his whole […]

Sunday before Exaltation of the Cross, Sept. 10, 2017. Gal 6:11-18

All of this stuff in the apostolic reading about circumcision and connecting it somehow with the cross seems very odd to us today. For St. Paul, though, it was a very real concern regarding his Christian communities in the province of Galatia. Among the Christians in those cities there were some who had previously been […]

13TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, Sept. 3, 2017. Mt 21:33-42

“They will respect my son.” Said the vineyard owner. How wrong he was! Jesus used the allegory in today’s Gospel passage to describe the refusal of the scribes and pharisees to accept him as Messiah. In this allegory, the vineyard is Israel. The slaves of the allegory are clearly the prophets of the Old Testament. […]