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Month: October 2020

The Nature of a Commandment

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The greatest and the first commandment is “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

What does it look like to fulfill that commandment? I think for many of us the image that comes to mind is the story of some of the great saints, especially the martyrs who literally gave their life because of the faith and their love of Christ. Or maybe a heroic figure from our own time. I often think of

Unreasonably Patient

The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It’s pretty obvious that Jesus had the first reading from Isaiah in mind when he began his parable. The first reading was about a landowner with a vineyard. He spaded it, cleared it of stones, built a watchtower and a wine press, and very importantly he planted only the choicest of vines. He cares for his vineyard very well. And yet what does he get from the vineyard come harvest?