This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) (Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37)
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “The healing of the deaf mute indicates not only a display of Christ’s divine power to heal, but provides an image of how ideological secularism dulls our spiritual senses and inhibits our capacity to receive God’s life and presence. Faith in Christ empowers us to become sensitive to the life and presence of God as he makes himself known in our lives and in the world. . …”
Fr. Scott Lewis is associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto. Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.
This Sunday: ““Fear is probably the most destructive of all human emotions. When fear reigns, faith, hope and love are the first victims. Fear separates us from God, clouds our understanding and leads us into a riot of compensatory behaviours, most of them negative. The world in which we live today is in the grip of fear and we see the unhappy results all around us. … “
Fr. Greg Friedman
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “In the musical, Man of LaMancha, Don Quixote sings about his quest for “the impossible dream.” Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.That song became a hit, in part, I believe, because all of us have some kind of dream, some vision of a hope-filled future that keeps us going. Christians believe that Jesus Christ fulfills humanity’s dreams of a world at peace, in harmony, with all of our human imperfections made whole……”