Accepting the Invitation

Chapter Talks

Once again, we have a parable that Jesus uses to teach the word of God. The parable for this 28th Sunday is a wedding feast that a king has prepared for his son. If we were to do a scholarly review of the text, we would see that the early church used this parable by adding on its own moral precepts through inserting allegory into the parable. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with this, but it can elude the underlying meaning of Jesus’ message in this particular parable. For example: the servants sent out to invite people are ‘mistreated’ and some ‘killed’. And then the king sends ‘his troops’ who go and ‘kill those murderers’. So: what happens to Jesus’ earlier teaching on ‘Love your enemies’…and ‘if you are struck on one cheek, offer your other cheek’? Remember in an earlier chapter talk I mentioned that the Jesuit scripture scholar Fr. John Donahue stated that Jesus in his parables disorients us in order to orient our minds and hearts to see as God sees. Jesus disorients human ways and he challenges the old way of ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ with the radical call for love…indeed our love must extend to include our enemies.

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Saint Joseph the Worker

Daily Lectio
Readings of the day: RB 73 This Rule Only a Beginning of PerfectionMass: Ac 14:19-28; Resp Ps145; Jn 14:27-31a


They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith.It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
Reach out to someone
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Friday after Ash Wednesday

Daily Lectio
Readings of the Day: RB 13:12-14Mass: Is 58:1-9a; Resp. Ps 51; Mt 9:14-15


A day acceptable to the Lord
loose the bonds of injusticeundo the thongs of the yokelet the oppressed go freebreak every yokeshare your bread with the hungrybring the homeless p
February 16, 2018 Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas

Daily Lectio
Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
Readings of day: RB 58:17-29Mass: Zechariah 2:14-17 or Rev. 11:19a; 12:
December 12, 2017 Read More

Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548)

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Readings of the day: RB 56Mass: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Resp. Psalm 147; Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8 St Juan DiegoAt the sight of the crowds,his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned,like sheep without a sheph
December 09, 2017 Read More
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