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Gary Wills captioned his study... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Gary Wills captioned his study of the Kennedy family, The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation on P
... if human suffering were... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
...
The woman leading a group... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The woman leading a group of seminary students on a weekend retreat asked them to meditate on the qu
In the first letter to... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
In the first letter to his young protege, Timothy, Paul focuses on the unique quality of mercy expre
Today if we mention racism... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Today if we mention racism and or discrimination in public, we hear comments like: "I didn't own sla
As a boy, he wanted... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
As a boy, he wanted to be a priest but, later, laziness and indifference kept him out of the seminar
Tourists in the Alps are... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Tourists in the Alps are cautioned at certain points by the guides not to yodel, sing, or even to sp
St. Francis of Assisi was... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
St. Francis of Assisi was once asked why and how he could accomplish so much.
Modern psychotherapy has grown up... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Modern psychotherapy has grown up a lot in the last twenty years or so.
Jesus never wished to gain... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Jesus never wished to gain disciples under false pretenses.
When Gordon Allport gave us... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
When Gordon Allport gave us his criteria for mature religion, he indicated that such religion is alw
On the outskirts of a... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
On the outskirts of a nearby town is an eyesore.
George was the type of... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
George was the type of fellow who was always an authority on everything and enjoyed letting others k
You shall love the Lord... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
"You shall love the Lord your God ...
Earning Pens Eason's Oor.br... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
"Earning Pens Eason's Oor."
Ezekiel's picture of the watchman... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Ezekiel's picture of the watchman giving warning to his people of impending danger, reminded me of t
The late Bishop Gerald Kennedy... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The late Bishop Gerald Kennedy told about a museum in Vienna where a piano Beethoven played is displ
What responsibility is placed on... -- Ezekie l 33:1-11 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
What responsibility is placed on the prophet's head!
The way of wisdom seems... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The way of wisdom seems out of touch with so many realities of today.
Jesus commanded his followers to... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Jesus commanded his followers to "watch and pray." To be on watch is not a passive activity.
Back in the 1960s, Fuzzy... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Back in the 1960s, Fuzzy Thurston, a Valparaiso University graduate, was playing left guard for Vinc
In the book by Paul... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
In the book by Paul Reps, entitled Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, an example of wisdom is given
The baseball great Yogi Berra... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The baseball great Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, "You can observe a lot just by watching."
Some fears are healthy and... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Some fears are healthy and lifesaving such as the fear of snakes or fear of walking on an interstate
Chapter 1, verse 7 and... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Chapter 1, verse 7 and chapter 9, verse 10 begin the first section of Proverbs on the same note: "Th

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I love Thanksgiving. I cherish the traditions, I love the quality of family reunion, and I enjoy the food. I have hundreds of fond memories of Thanksgiving holidays past, and I look forward to the Thanksgiving that is a few months away.

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Genesis 45:1-5
This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:

Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)

Elsewhere he makes the point in another, related way:

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Howling Good News For Some
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Genesis 45:1-15  

“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”

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In today's gospel reading, Jesus seemed reluctant to heal the Canaanite woman's daughter. He told her that he wasn't sent to help foreigners, but only his own people, the Chosen Race. The words sound unnecessarily harsh, but perhaps this is an interpretation unique to Matthew, for this story only appears in Matthew's gospel, which was written for Jews.

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As a seminary intern in St. Louis, Missouri, I was part of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue group. We were seeking to understand one another's traditions, work together for the good of our neighborhoods, and promote tolerance and respect in society. I had been invited into the group by a member of the church at which I was serving. She grew up Jewish, and in recent years had, in her words, "completed my faith" by gaining an understanding that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by the prophets of Israel.

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Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat? (let them answer) What is your favorite food? (let them answer) Do you know what a bird eats? (let them answer) Very good. They eat bugs, all kinds of bugs. Today, I brought with me this jar of bugs. They are pretty colorful, and in some ways they look almost good enough to eat. Have you ever eaten a bug? (let them answer) I wonder what a bug tastes like? Is there anyone here who is hungry enough to eat a bug? (let them answer)

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