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When confronted by people who wanted to trap Jesus into admitting some kind of disloyalty, he spoke the famous words, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In other words, we have our feet in this world, but we also have our being in the world to come. Even …

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When confronted by people who wanted to trap Jesus into admitting some kind of disloyalty, he spoke the famous words, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In other words, we have our feet in this world, but we also have our being in the world to come. Even …

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In the first part of the gospel story we heard last Sunday from the gospel of St. Matthew, 22:1-10, Jesus tells the story of a great king who invited people to his son’s wedding feast, but they refused to come. Since he had already prepared the feast, he sent his servants out to invite anyon…

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Martin Luther once said that sometimes you need to squeeze a Biblical passage until the Gospel leaks out. I think that is what needs to happen with the passage I heard last Sunday. It is the story about the owner of a vineyard who has leased his land to tenants. When they didn’t pay what the…

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Last Sunday, in Matthew’s gospel (Mt.20-1-16), we heard Jesus tell the parable about the workers who were hired at different times of the day but who all received the same wage. This passage gives us two images of the way life should be. There is the human image of how life should be, and th…

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Last Sunday, we heard a gospel reading from St. Matthew, chapter 18, verses 21-35. Jesus is asked by Peter how many times he should forgive someone who has wronged him. He wants to know if he has to do it as many as seven times. Jesus replies that the number is not 7, but 77 (other versions …

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When I hear the description in the Acts of the Apostles that the early Christian community held all things in common, I often wonder exactly how they did this. I think it must have had something to do with the gospel where Jesus talks about differences that might arise between people. In the…

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Yesterday I was talking with a friend in Kansas City, a married man who has several children from his wife’s first marriage. I was asking him how he and the family are doing these days without Mass. He said that they all gather and have dinner together on Sundays. Then they read the readings…

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At our service last Sunday, the gospel reading we heard was a story from the gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 15, verses 21 to 28. In this story, Jesus is approached by a Canaanite woman who asks him to heal her daughter who is possessed by a demon. His disciples are annoyed and tell him that …