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Prayer is not a purely human activity, but a communion with the will of God

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year: Wis 9:13-18B; Ps 90; Philem 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33 (Year C)

Jesus intended humility to be the very ground of our being

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24A; Lk 14:1, 7-14 (Year C)

While we rejoice in the promise of salvation, we should never take that promise for granted

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year Isaiah 66: 18-21; Hebrews 12: 5-7 and 11-13; Luke 13: 22-30 (Year C)

Our faith is indeed frail, but its strength is not reliant on what we find within ourselves

Twentieth Sunday of the Year, Jeremiah 38: 4-6 & 8-10; Hebrews 12: 1-4; Luke 12: 49-53 (Year C)

Love is at the heart of faith

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year, Wisdom 18-6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2 & 8-19; Luke 12:32-48 (Year C)

We cannot avoid the question that Jesus asked. Do we store up treasure for ourselves in place of making ourselves rich in the sight of God?

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23; Ps 90; Col 3:1-5, 9-11; Lk 12:13-21 (Year C)

Prayer begins not with ourselves, but with a confession of God’s holiness

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gn 18:20-32; Ps 138; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13 (Year C)

We are reminded that the generosity that reaches beyond its own narrow concerns to welcome the stranger, welcomes God himself, the source of every blessing

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year, Gn 18:1-10A; Ps 15; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42 (Year C)

Prudence dictates that we should be sparing in our love, thereby opening the door to the prejudices and judgments that lock out a needy world

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Dt 30:10–14; Ps 69; Col 1:15–20; Lk 10:25–37 (Year C)

We must cling to Christ’s optimism, refusing to surrender to the discouragement that can so easily cloud our hopes

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year, Is 66:10-14C; Ps 66; Gal 6:14-18; Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 (Year C)