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The Great Divorce

In the Great Divorce a group of people, after a long bus ride, find themselves in a strange location. It is the vestibule of heaven itself, a place they have all generally wanted to go. The problem is that they must now believe that they are actually there. They must accept the fact that God really saves them.

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Thrift Store Saints

Jane Knuth, a math teacher and mom, began volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She approached the work with typical baby-boomer hard-charging determination to “fix the world” — but over the years, the experience changed her. The poor and desperate she has been able to help have deepened her own faith and brought her to a new understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

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Church doctrine evolves and develops as the believing community encounters new ways of understanding itself and the world in which it lives. New languages are all part of new cultures which have different ways of understanding reality.

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Are You Dressed Correctly?

Join Fr. Lou Scurti for the 28th Sunday in ordinary time. October 12, 2014.

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

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Homily for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Homily of the 15th of October 2017, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A
Clothing ourselves with “Holy Joy” in Christ’s Party!
We are fond of feasting. As the rains give way to the dry season, many festivals are celebrated in our towns and villages. These include “cry-die” (death/Funeral memorial celebrations), Family meetings, End of Year Parties, Weddings etc. These will culminate in the Christmas and New Year celebrations. What makes a successful feast is in the diversity and quantity of food and drinks. We thus understand the scenario of the readings of today centred on food and party. The Bible is so full of the imagery of meal and feasts ( cf. Luke 12:36, John 2:8-9, Revelation 19:9, Mark 6:21, etc). Jesus went to parties and his friends even called him “ A glutton and wine drinker” (Mt 11, 19). Parties are very joyful occasions and no one goes to the party with tears.
In the Gospel, Jesus reminds his Jewish audience that when the messiah comes, they will enjoy a first class party. Jesus compares living in His company to the equivalent of a party. This means that the Church should be a happy place. Joy and gladness are the very heart of the Christian message. The word Gospel itself means glad tidings or good news. So it would appear to be reasonable to expect that this joy and equanimity of spirit should be reflected in our Christian response to life’s situations. Saint Therese once commented that “in heaven there will be no more looks of indifference”, it will be a joyful look. Early martyrs astonished the Roman spectators by singing hymns of praise and joy as they awaited execution. Early Christians thus were called hilares. That is the Latin adjective from which the word hilarious comes. They possessed a “certain holy hilarity”.
Let us reflect on the nature of our Parties: Are they places of a “holy hilarity” or Holy Joy? What is at the centre of our parties? At times even in Religious Festivals, we get into excess drinking and eating and latter on in a drunken state we commit sin. Our “Joy” therefore turns into Sin. Fr. James Gilhooley insists on the importance of Joy in the presence of the Lord and the authentic way of finding this joy lies a deep meditation of the very word JOY : J : place Jesus First, O: Place others second, Y: Place yourself last. Anytime we are in a party and the Joy is not a holy one, then Christ is not at the Centre. If being a disciple of Christ has not brought joy and serenity to me, I cannot expect the message I bring to others to be effective.
The Eucharist is the greatest festival in which the Lord Invites us : “Blessed are those who are invited to the supper of the lamb”. It is offered for us free of Charge. Some of us do not bother when we do not receive Communion in Church. We are like those invited who refuse to come. Although everyone is invited, there is a dressing code! Saint Paul repeatedly speaks about “putting on Christ”, clothing yourself in him. This has to do with clothing your heart and soul with Christ’s attitudes toward others, with His ways of treating others. It also entails clothing yourself with His respect for them, because they are God’s children too. It means wrapping yourself up in Christ’s Holy Spirit. Putting on the feasting habit entails accepting the Love and the joy of Jesus.
In a nutshell we are invited to Christ’s party. We must clothe ourselves with “Holy Joy” to participate in this great banquet.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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TV Mass Homily 2014 10 12

Each Sunday at 6:00 a.m., FOX8 Cleveland broadcasts a half-hour TV Mass for the homebound Catholic community in Northeast Ohio. This video is the homily ONLY portion of the TV Mass from Sunday, October 12, 2014. The priest who celebrated this TV Mass is the Reverend Gary Chmura, Pastor, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Cleveland, and Pastor, Saint Adalbert/Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Cleveland, Ohio.

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TV Mass Homily 2017 10 15

Each Sunday at 6:00 a.m., FOX8 Cleveland broadcasts a half-hour TV Mass for the homebound Catholic community in Northeast Ohio. This video is the homily ONLY portion of the TV Mass from Sunday, October 15, 2017. The priest who celebrated this TV Mass is the Reverend Thomas Johns, Pastor, Saint John Vianney Parish, Mentor, Ohio.

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily (Year A)

By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor

“Although showing up is good, what we’re supposed to do is show up hungry and thirsty. That’s the point of coming to the feast, to eat and drink!” Father Perry tells us in his homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “It’s not just food. It’s a feast. The best of food, the most choice wines — it’s the body and blood of Christ. This is what we come to feast on.”

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