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A Word #168| 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 22, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/19/17

At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

Benjamin Franklin once remarked: “... in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Franklin’s remarks are right on the mark. First, we ... Read More »

A Word #167| 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 15, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/12/17

“Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.'”

For over six months, four banners have been placed at the entrance or in ... Read More »

A Word #166| 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 8, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/05/17

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

I was stunned when I woke up this morning to see ... Read More »

A Word #165| 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 1, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/28/17

Thus says the LORD: You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?”

From time to time I will go to sleep on a Friday or Saturday evening with one homily ... Read More »

A Word #164| 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 24, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/21/17

"Are you envious because I am generous?'

Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

For those who are familiar with the corporate world you know that there is a lot of competition to get ahead and climb the corporate ladder. Often advancement or promotions ... Read More »

A Word #163| 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 17, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/14/17

Peter approached Jesus and asked him: "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: "If you really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." Forgiveness is not foreign to love rather it is intimately connected to ... Read More »

A Word #162| 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 10, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/11/17

Jesus said to his disciples: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone."

You can often catch parents of young children instructing their children to apologize and say "I am sorry" when they do something wrong. It is a valuable ... Read More »

A Word #161| 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 3, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/31/17

"Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised."

During my first with you here I recommended a book to several of you: "Where ... Read More »

A Word #160| 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 27, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/24/17

"But who do you say that I am?"

It may come as a surprise to some of us if we asked those around us "who do you say that I am?" Those closest to us will probably have an accurate answer to this question and those who know little ... Read More »

A Word #159| 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 20, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/17/17

Jesus' disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us."

On numerous occasions Pope Francis has admonished the Church on the sin of gossip. For example in 2014 the Pope said: "Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! ... Read More »