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October 08, 2015

Friday in the 27th Week of the Church Year

by Daniel Thomas Op
Friday in the 27th Week of the Church Year Saint for the day: Denis & Companions (d. 258?) Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy: Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Psalm 9 Luke 11:15-26 “The Lord will judge the world with justice.” (Today’s Responsorial Psalm refrain) I’m often asked, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Sometimes my response is via the familiar phrase, “What goes around comes… Read more...


3rd Sunday of Lent 

Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

John 2:13-25

“Do you not know: your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?”

 Whenever we hear the word of God in our liturgies we should let it explode in all its fullness in order to let it permeate our very being. Today’s Gospel presents an angry Jesus: am image that we don’t often see or hear about. So, we have to ask, “what is Jesus so angry about?”

I think it comes down to His zeal for what we should be all about. “Temple Worship” was key to the Jewish people. It gave them a place to connect with God and to know His abiding presence with His Chosen people. So why is Jesus angry with that concept? Perhaps it’s the fact that human nature always trys to lock God into a space where we can be comfortable and approach God – but approach Him in a way that doesn’t push us over the edge.

Jesus says, “Zeal for my Father’s House consumes me.” Do we have “zeal” for seeking God’s presence? Or do we, rather, attempt to create temples where we can feel comfortable with a God who is boxed in by our concepts of holiness?

If we switch gears for a moment and look at our own lives with an understanding that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit we might be able to see where there is need for “cleaning up” and getting rid of the clutter that has crept in over the years.

Lent affords us this opportunity to do some necessary spring cleaning. What are some of the things that we have allowed to slip into our spiritual lives that need to be cleaned up? Let’s not just re-arrange the furniture but let us ask God to show us what we need to get rid of. In the end we need to be able say, like Job, “naked came I from my mother’s womb and naked shall I return. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” Amen!

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Dominicans center our lives on Jesus Christ, the true light, and are moved by the Holy Spirit who radiates God’s healing presence in the world today. We celebrate the Word in daily common prayer, meditation, study, and in the proclamation that is preaching


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We live together in large (as many as 30) and small (as few as 2 or 3) communities. The basic idea of community is not just people living together under one roof. Rather, community living is about the willingness to share our lives with one another.



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