Posts by OLV Parish

The Son of Man came to seek and save what is lost

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C ”Metanoia” is the word that is used to describe the change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.  Metanoia is what the Gospel passage for this Sunday is about (Luke 19 :1-10).  The passage centres on Zacchaeus, the tax collector.  At the time of Jesus, a tax collector like Zaccaheus would be despised for several reasons.  He was seen as a great sinner for working for the enemy, the Roman ‘occupying power’, against his own people.  Secondly, tax collectors like him would be expected to exact more money
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He Who Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted

23rd October – 30th SUnday in Ordinary Time Sometimes we think of the Pharisees as the ‘baddies’ in the Gospel because of the many examples that Our Lord used in His teachings.  That would be the wrong picture.  The Pharisees goal was often to lead a holy life (not unlike us), and strictly according to the Law of Moses.  Where they usually went wrong was to focus on the externals, interpreting Scriptures to suit themselves and to have a warp sense of self righteousness that saw themselves being ‘better’ than others.  Our Lord warns frequently and fiercely against the attitude
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Pray continually and never lose heart

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 18 :1-8) Our Lord speaks of the need to pray continually and never lose heart. He gives us the parable of the widow pestering a judge – rather persistently – for justice. Eventually she gets what she wanted. It is very similar to the parable we heard a few Sundays ago – the so-called, the parable of the ‘Importunate Friend’ (11:5-8). In that parable, it was the harassed father of the family disturbed in the middle of the night who had to get up to help his friend because he was persistent. Persistence is
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One Out of Ten

This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 17:11-19) Our Lord encounters a group of lepers.  Their suffering was more than their physical disfigurement and physical well being; they were also rejected by others.  Our Lord cured all ten of them but only one returned to Him.  Furthermore, he was a Samaritan, who as people, are hated by the People of God.  As I preached last week: how human it is of us to cry out to God in times of need, and then accuse God of not listening, and then in good times, to forget God.    The Samaritan got the full benefit
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Were your faith the size of a mustard seed…

The short Gospel passage (Luke 17:5-10) for this Sunday appears disjointed, as if they were two separate bits. In the first part, Our Lord declares that just a tiny grain can grow into a big plant, genuine faith can work wonders. In the second half, he uses the parable of the homecoming servant (who serves their master before sitting to their own meal) to draw out the correct attitude of the servant before his master. They may appear disjointed, but there is a connecting theme between them: ‘faith’. If we could “measure” faith, it would be more in ‘quality’ than
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You cannot be a slave of both God and money

You cannot be slave of both and money In the Gospel (Luke 16:1-13, or 16:10-13), we read of the steward, an ‘employee’, who lost his job because he squandered the goods and talents entrusted to him by his master. Before news of his dismissal becomes public, he strikes a deal with his master’s debtor, to win favour from them. At first glance, Our Lord seems to praise the steward for his dishonesty, but on closer observation, we find that the steward is actually being commended for his shrewdness. He grasps his critical situation and acts with foresight, with vision. The
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He was lost and is found

24th Ordinary Time As the saying goes: “to err is human, and to forgive is Divine”. It is a good phrase for the Year of Mercy which is coming to a close. All three readings for this Sunday focus attention on Divine forgiveness, and of course, our human waywardness that is in need of forgiveness. Each reading considers this notion of Mercy from a somewhat different angle. In the Gospel, God seeks out sinners like the shepherd who seeks the single lost sheep, and like the woman who searches for the one lost coin, and like the father who runs
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