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Luke 24: 31
…On the road to Emmaus, two men discuss what they saw in Jerusalem between themselves, and then with a stranger, grieving what seemed nothing but a tragic end. But in the breaking of the bread, Jesus revealed himself and yesterday’s sure knowledge was transformed into something new and glorious.
The disciples go forth to tell the story, because the story is about Jesus glorified and us redeemed. Every time we encounter it, the world will seem slightly different, our understanding clarified in Jesus’ presence.
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Luke 21:34
In Advent, we strive to welcome anew in our hearts and in our worship the Son of God taking human form, becoming one of us to teach us how to live, and dying to restore life to us.
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Luke 20: 37-38
The Sadducees were so caught up in their rendition of reality that they could not conceive the possibility of something else. It had to be what they already knew or they mocked it, laughing at anything that contradicted their narrow mindset. Jesus’ response does not accede to their earthbound worldview. Rather, he overwhelms them with realities that lurk on the edge of consciousness—the contrast between this age and one to come, angels and resurrected children, a burning bush and a God in whom everything always lives. They will never be able to stretch into the world of Jesus’ consciousness unless they let go, not of their world, but of the absolute way they are using it to evaluate the real. It may be the same for us.

John Shea, “The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels For Christian Preachers and teachers” as found in Living Faith, 11/11/07


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I've been reading Fr. Larry Richards' book, Be a Man! I have found that much of the book is like his presentation he gives during conferences and retreats. He starts the day with this prayer:
O, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul. I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your will.


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Luke 17:18
…there is still far too much bias, prejudice, false judgments and intolerance in our world. This gospel story leads me into my own heart to ask: Am I open and welcoming to those who are different from myself? Am I willing to receive them without judgment as Jesus received the ten lepers and be a source of loving presence to them?
Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM, Living Faith, 10/14/07
Luke 17:33
The more we think about what jesus says here, the more uncomfortable we may become. And rightly so. For there is nothing figurative about these words. They mean exactly what they say. The idea of being a disciple of Christ, and of being a member of his Mystical Body, is to really lose your life, in one way or another. Just as he did.
Ask Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who gave her life for the poorest of the poor. Ask Saint Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life for another man in a Nazi death camp. Ask just about any parent. Ask just about any single person who constantly gives his or her time and resources in service to others in ways that are not really convenient. Ask any good priest or vowed religious. Ask anyone who takes time every single day for prayer. The only way to be a channel of the presence of the risen Christ in the world is to let your life slip right through your fingers in whatever way you can.
Mitch Finley, 11/11/05, Living Faith


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Luke 16:19-20
Is there any needy person whom I keep outside the closed door of my heart? Perhaps I have closed my door to someone who needs my forgiveness because of some past offense or injustice. Maybe someone is waiting for a crack in the door to hear a kind word from me to break a long silence. Maybe I know someone who needs a friend or a phone call or a person to drive her to the store or clinic. Sometimes our doors are closed against the persons who should be closest to us—a brother, sister, parent or longtime friend. Perhaps I think those persons deserve the closed door treatment they get from me. But this parable teaches me that I must open my door to everyone if I want the door of heaven to be open to me.—Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB, 3/16/06, Living Faith


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Luke 15:2
Why is it so difficult for us to admit our sins, faults and weaknesses? If we deny we are sinners, then we are saying we don’t need a savior. And if we don’t accept Jesus as Savior, how will we be saved? When Jesus was criticized for welcoming sinners and eating with them, he did not offer an excuse. The sinless One was teaching his self-righteous accusers that he could associate with sinners without becoming one. How encouraging to realize that our great Savior welcomes us, eats with us, forgives us and invites us to share his eternal friendship.
Fr. James McKarns, 11/3/05, Living Faith


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Luke 14: 27
Jesus knows his cross is too heavy for me to carry but he does expect me to carry my own. There are many different types, sizes and colors of crosses but they all have one thing in common: they are heavy; that’s what makes them crosses. Each day I find some cross along my path. My resolve is to carry it with the same purpose, determination and perseverance that Jesus did. Then I will know that I am a disciple.


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Luke 11:2
The more God’s name is honored, the more his kingdom takes root in the world, the greater will be out chance to live in peace. Those who accept God’s kingdom will not be hostile toward us or desire to do us harm.—Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, CSC, 10/5/05, Living Faith


Luke 11:29
Jesus often says in the Gospels that it is people’s faith that heals them. The miracle comes from faith; faith doesn’t come from miracles Faith that depends on “signs” isn’t the kind of faith that will lead to miracles in our lives, large or small. –Mitch Finley, 10/10/05, Living Faith


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Luke 10:38-39
When Jesus inhabits a dwelling place, he turns it into the Lord’s house. In order to make Martha’s home the Lord’s dwelling, the Lord will have to correct the way Martha thinks and acts. But this correction is not unwanted criticism. She asked the Lord in; and although what follows will not be what she expects, it will be what she invited. In spiritual teaching, sisters symbolize side-by-side realities that are meant to be together. Separating them diminishes both. Therefore, although Christian history is fond of playing Martha and Mary against one another, the real task is to discover their proper relationship. It is not a matter of which one is more important; it is a matter of how they complement each other. The teaching of the text is about discovering their mutuality
b John Shea “The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels For Christian Preachers and Teachers” as found in Living Faith, 7/22/07


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Luke 10: 8-9
…real solidarity is accomplished by eating what they eat with them (the poor). The kingdom of God comes nearer when we risk receiving that person’s generosity, in spite of more selfish concerns.
Mark Mossa, SJ, Living Faith 10/4/07
Luke 10:16
Jesus reminded them that the Gospel is offered in freedom to each human being…people are free to accept it or reject it. There is no point in forcing it down the throats of their listeners…Christ’s commission to evangelize continues in today’s Church.
Alfred McBride, O.Praem, “The Human Faith of Jesus” as found in Living Faith, 9/30/11
Luke 10:29
Jesus indicates that our neighbor is anyone in need whom we are able to help. –Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, CSC (10/3/05), Living Faith


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Luke 9:57
Two words come to mind when reflecting on this gospel: “urgency” and “sacrifice”. Jesus is saying: Following me is so urgent that it allows no delay, and it calls for sacrifice. Yes, he’s using a hyperbole, but he’s trying to make us think. He usually had a place toi stay, but he couldn’t always count on it. Neither can the disciples always expect to be welcomed and appreciated. Burying one’s parent is a serious religious duty; so is maintaining family ties. But being a disciple and proclaiming the gospel is even more important.,

We are called today to renew our commitment to follow Christ along that journey—and embrace the urgency and sacrifice that go with it. But don’t forget the other side: the good news. When we accept the urgency and sacrifice, then we discover the satisfactions, the deep joys, of being a disciple that far outweigh the burdens. No product can give a warranty like that. And that is why Christianity has not died out.
Fr. Martin Pable, OFM,Cap., Living Faith, 10/3/12


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Luke 9:9
To be curious about something or someone can open up new avenues of learning, awareness and knowledge. Curiosity can be the beginning of an emerging creativity…Thus, Herod’s curiosity about Jesus had the potential of blossoming into understanding, perhaps even into friendship. Unfortunately, his curiosity did not lead him to these growing places or to a deeper faith. It led, rather, to resentment and jealousy. Above all, it led to fear, and so became his downfall.
Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, Living Faith, 9/22/11


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Luke 8:15
The point of today’s gospel is that a faith that leads to no results is hardly faith at all…there are all kinds of troublesome things that can come between faith and the results faith should have…A faith that makes no difference in how we live; how we use our time and how we use our money; how we relate to God, other people and God’s creation is…little more than a mind game, something we use to distract ourselves.
Mitch Finley, Living Faith, 9/17/11


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Luke 7:50
…If I approach him as the sinful woman did—open to his healing and forgiving touch—I can be restored. He knows

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Herodias and Herod used their power to make things okay for them today $$$ talks to get those in power to manipulate others to get what they want.. History repeats itself..

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Luke 7:9-10

"There's something amazing about the centurions in the New testamnet. Did you know that each one--six in all-is describes as a kindly and honest man?...First there's the centurion from our passage above . Then there's the commander of jesus' death squad who declares 'This man was innocent beyond doubt' (Lk 23:47). Then the four centurions in the Book of Acts: Cornelius, whom Peter baptizes (Acts 10: 1); the two centurions who save Paul, one froma scourging (Acts 22:25), the other from a murder plot (Acts 23:17); and finally Julis, who escorts paul to Rome (Acts 27:1).

beyond the fact that none of these Romans confroms to the ruthless paga warrior sterotype, they share something else in common--St. luke! Perhaps it's no surprise that the only Gentile author of a New testament book should have a word to say about all six centurions. Whgat this reveals is the centrifugal force of luke's vision--his marvelous embrace of all peoples, from the lowly and marginalized to Rome'smilitary elite. The net of his Gospel is cats far and wide to gather an international family of faith"

Andrew Matt--"Praying with Saint Luke's Gospel"

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I hope Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is able to continue writing. He is a gifted writer / teacher. I'm looking forward to Pope Francis. There's a chance our young people will be drawn to his humility.


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Luke 7:9
…But it was his (the Roman centurion’s) act of humility that we recall each Mass. It was his faith in Jesus that our Savior commended and to which we aspire. Jesus himself was “amazed at him”.
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, Living Faith, 9/12/11


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Luke 6:47
Jesus lays out a program for spiritual growth in this gospel passage. Come-listen-act. COME: enter a new space. Come closer. Let us spend time together. Do not be afraid of me. Do not be apart from me. LISTEN: my thoughts are very different from yours. Allow yourself to be surprised by my values, my judgments, my ideas, my desires. You will find them in the Scriptures. I will inspire you while you are reading the newspaper, when you hear a friend ask for help, during a movie or while listening to music, while you watch a sunset. Expect me to speak to you, because I do. I love you. ACT: commit to what I show you. I will ask you to change your ideas, values, behaviors, preferences, plans. In public and in private I will guide you if you let me. Through you, I will reach out to others. I promise you that I will offer you true joy if you follow where I lead you.
Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FSP, Living Faith, 9/10/11


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Luke 6: 37
In forgiving one another, we are able to mend relationships, reestablish connections and restore communications.
Forgiveness can be very freeing…it is not something to be reserved for special occasions. Jesus urges us to give and receive the gift of forgiveness every day.
Charlotte A. Rancilio, Living Faith

Luke 6:37
Jesus asks us to refrain from judging and condemning others when (we) think they deserve it.
-How can I forgive, pardon and be compassionate to people who offend me? I need…a judgment drawer, where I have to deposit all the judgments I have against others. I must leave them in the closed drawer until Good Friday when I stand beneath the cross and hand them over to Jesus. Freed from all these burdens, I can rise to new life with Jesus on Easter.

Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB, Living faith, 3/13/06

Luke 6: 37
Compassion means to become close to the one who suffers. But we can come close to another person only when we are willing to become vulnerable ourselves… We can be with the other only when the other ceases to be “other” and becomes like us. This, perhaps, is the main reason that we sometimes find it easier to show pity than compassion. The suffering person calls us to be aware of our own suffering. How can I respond to someone’s loneliness unless I am in touch with my own experience of loneliness? How can I be close to handicapped people when I refuse to acknowledge my own handicaps? How can I be with the poor when I am unweilling to confess my own poverty?


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Luke 6: 36-37
The flaws and sins of others that I found most worthy of condemnation are those that happen to echo most loudly in my own soul. And too often, concentrating on the din outside, I can’t hear the mess inside.
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Luke 6: 27
Love is a decision, not an accident. When we embrace a life of love, we respond to venom with forgiveness and understanding, refusing to hold grudges or to harbor any negative attitudes towards others. Protected by our positive outlook, we can ignore insults and ill will, returning good for evil. And, encountering the Christ in us, enemies sometimes become friends.
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Living Faith, 9/22/04


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Luke 6: 27
If we are to be followers of Jesus, we are called to live out of the pure goodness of ort hearts. We never count the cost of loving. When we do good deeds, we don’t keep score of who is deserving and who is not. We’re not always checking our possessions to see if everything we loaned to another has been returned. The gifts we give are given freely. We do not give expecting return payment. Judging and condemning others is simply not a part of our lifestyle. And if someone takes something that is ours? Let it go.

Practice believing in your own goodness as you reread this passage. The difficult things you are asked to do can be carried out only if you have embraced the truth that you belong to Christ…Loving is a choice. We have been asked to love one another unselfishly…Forced love is not love at all, it is fear.
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Luke 6:24
This sermon challenges us to reexamine our relationship with the world’s goods. When wealth is ill-gotten, it becomes a curse. When we line our pockets by emptying those of our neighbor, when we squabble over inheritance or falsify tax returns, when we make fortunes out of death-dealing industries, then we bring “woes” upon ourselves and our descendants. In contrast, when we learn to be happy with little or with much, then we are free from the cravings, desires and addictions that destroy the lives of those obsessed with wealth. Instead, we can live in joyful gratitude.
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Living Faith, 2/15/04


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Luke 6:19
This (reading) makes a strong statement about Jesus’ wisdom in learning how to care for his soul: he spent the night in communion with God…Jesus often spent long hours in prayer before/after significant moments in his ministry. In doing this, Jesus models for us how we are to replenish our power supply.
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God will forgive anything if we are truly sorry, repent, and ask for forgiveness. Even Peter, who denied he knew Jesus was forgiven. Even Paul who was a Pharisee and persecuted the new Christians was forgiven. That is why Jesus tells us to forgive others as God has forgiven us. If God can forgive all these things, we must we willing to forgive others for the things they have done against us. On the Cross, "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do."


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Luke 6:16
-Judas did a horrible thing in betraying Jesus. He also regretted his sinfulness, returned the betrayal money and confessed he had sinned. Few in history remember Judas for these things, only for his disastrous deed.
-it’s so easy to label people who harm others
-labeling others in any way keeps me from being open to the fullness of who they are. It shuts the door to the possibility of their growth and conversion
-in keeps them in a box of judgment and withholds the Gospel treasures of compassion and forgiveness.
Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM, “Living Faith”, 9/6/05


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Luke 6:12
What seems a safe assumption about this night of prayer is that much of it was a “wordless” resting in the presence of the Father without any need for the conscious mental activity of forming thoughts or words.
Jame E. Adams,” Living Faith”, 10/28/02


Luke 6:12
-This reference is the only scripture text to portray such an extended and sustained period of prayer for Jesus.
- In Luke’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry is now entering a new phase, beginning with…calling the Twelve.
-Every major decision is reached only after prayer, so Luke is showing that Jesus’ actions reflect God’s will
-Jesus himself recommends praying in a solitary place (Mt 6:6)
-In Jewish thought, prayer was both a personal, private communion with God and a part of public worship and ritual. In public worship, the prayers are formalized but nowhere in the Bible does it prescribe times, places/stances for private prayer (although 3 times a day was recognized as appropriate—Ps 55:17)
Dr. David Gowler, “Understanding God’s Word”, 10/28/05


Luke 6: 12
-Luke emphasizes that Jesus prays frequently. Several times, Jesus retreats from his demanding ministry to be renewed in time alone with God (5:16, 9:28, 11:1). His constant prayer signifies his relationship with and dependence on God as well as his own identity as the agent of God’s will.
-in biblical tradition, mountains are often the location of special encounters with God
-Jesus prays before significant events:
A) Before choosing the 12 apostles
B) At his baptism
C) Before asking the disciples about weho the crowds say that he is (9:18)
D) During his transfiguration (9:28-29)
E) Before his crucifixion (22:40-46)
-Jesus also instructs his disciples to pray: for opponents (6:28), for God’s purposes to be done (in the Lord’s prayer 11:2-4), not to lose heart and become discouraged (18:1)
Warren Carter, “Understanding God’s Word” 10/28/06


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Luke 6:10
...jesus asked him to show his hurt and weakness before everyone...the results were twofold: The man was restored and the leaders were enraged. jesus showed the power hidden in weakness--when that weakness is surrendered to him. those of us who prefer to rely on our own power, like these leaders, may find God's power alarming, just as they did. We can't comprehend it, let alone overcome it. We can, however, --all of us can--receive it and be restored by it to wholeness.

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Luke 6: 11
Here, the scribes and Pharisees are irritated because Jesus shows them that their understanding of what religion is all about is wrong. Faith isn’t supposed to serve religion; religion is supposed to serve faith. Religious rules that aren’t divinely inspired are supposed to reflect and facilitate compassion, mercy, forgiveness and healing. When rules get in the way, then the rules need to step aside or be changed. That is what the scribes and Pharisees failed to understand, and this is what we fail to understand more often than we realize.

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Luke 6: 9
Jesus tells us that there aren’t any days off from doing God’s work. Bringing God’s love to others is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week responsibility.

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Luke 6: 1
Jesus had the courage to openly challenge the tightly boxed-in regulations of the Pharisees. He did so partly because the rules had lessened in value and meaning. Jesus respected laws. He did not dismiss rules lightly. Wee know that he spent long hours of the night in reflective prayer…surely his struggle with overemphasis on religious law was part of his contemplative discernment.
Like Jesus, we do not figure out answers to our concerns by ourselves. We take them to prayer and ponder them at length. We listen to out inner Wisdom and to the good judgment of others. Then we collect our courage and do what is required for our spiritual growth.

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Luke 5:27
Levi’s encounter with Christ shows us the transformative power not only of trust, but of the love that restsat the foundation of respect for one another.

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Luke 5: 27-32
We are all sinners in desperate need of redemption. Despite our weakness and faults, jesus shows up…offers his healing, forgiving and transforming power.

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Luke 5:27-32
This story contrasts the spiritual sight of Levi with the spiritual blindness of the scribes and Pharisees. Levi, by God’s grace, “saw” beneath Jesus’ humble appearance and recognized him as someone worthy of following. The scribes and Pharisees were spiritually “blinded” by their self-righteousness and wouldn’t see Jesus’ divinity and His great message of love and mercy for all mankind. Our age is often blinded by self-righteousness from seeing clearly beneath the surface into the true nature of things

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Luke 5:25
There are many kinds of paralytics in the world. Some may walk on their two legs, but do not know how to function emotionally. The real world frightens them. They seem to be caught up ion worry all the time. They feel doomed to a life of sadness. The lord tells them, in effect, to snap out of it. The Lord wants them to break free of needless worry and think joyfully. The best defense is an offense.
The Lord begins to heal us through our trust. Trusting God can make you look silly at times. Those with no faith often scoff at people who believe. They consider them naïve. But it is the believer who has the advantage. Unbelievers are the ones to be pitied.
Remember these words of Jesus: “Be not afraid.” Rather than trying to tell us how to do it, Jesus simply commands it to be done. “Stop being afraid! That’s an order!” we might even think of Jesus telling us.
Joy is the antidote to fear. If you become joyful, you will spring up like the paralytic and sing praise to God.

Note: there was no author listed and unfortunately, I never documented when or where the above passage was from. Marie


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Luke 5:20
-sin was one accepted explanation for bodily illness in Jewish society
-Scripture recognizes no segregation of physical from spiritual well-being.


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Luke 5: 17-26
In the middle of this vivid Gospel, in which Jesus heals a paralyzed man lowered by stretcher through a roof, is the blunt question of Our Lord: “What are you thinking in your hearts?” The words are directed at the Pharisees and teachers of the law who are offended by Our Lord saying, “Your sins are forgiven.” A stubborn logic beclouds their thought; they are too confident of wrong being done. God alone can forgive sins; the man speaking pronounces words only God can say; therefore he blasphemes. It is amazing that they held tightly to this cold analysis even after the paralyzed man stood up, picked up his mat, and walked. This refusal to reexamine their thinking, to backtrack from a harsh conclusion and realize the divine presence in their midst, is not so much poor thinking, a mistake in argument, but a grave error of soul. The scene recalls the words of Saint John of the Cross: “The evil minded see sin everywhere. Wisdom alone gives eyes of discernment. And only those who love are truly wise.” For our part, let us hear Jesus asks this same question of us, so that our perceptions, our habits of thought, are never separated from a desire to love present in our hearts. Let us grow in the wisdom of love.
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Luke 5: 15-17
Jesus shows us the way out of the morass of competing obligations, and responsibilities, not through constant frenetic activity, but by maintaining the vital link to the Father in prayer. The expectations of the crowd…do not distract him from what he knows is necessary for his mission. Union with the Father in prayer provides the source of Jesus’ strength, and, in his human natrure, recognizes the need to departto a deserted place, as he heals the sick and preacheds to great crowds….Jesus invites us to nwithdraw into the interiority of the human heart that provides a refuge evenin the midst of distracting noise.
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Luke 5: 13
No matter how wretched and defiled we are, the loving hand of our savior is eager to reach out and embrace us and heal us and restore us to full communion
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Luke 5: 12-14
As Jesus’ touch cleanses the leper from his physical disease, it also restores his human dignity through this simple expression of human contact, so necessary for any person. Jesus’ healing touch restores this man, who was once dead to his community, to the life of human contact, to work, and to common worship.
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Luke 5: 10-11
Apparently Peter’s declaration (“I am a sinful man”) was not news to Jesus. Nor does Jesus try to talk him out of it by saying something like, “Oh, you’re not so bad. A few mistakes and an overblown ego is all. The real sinners are those Pharisees I have to deal with!” Instead, Jesus tells Peter not to be afraid and gives him a new job description.
The fear Peter seems to have had to get over was the notion that the Lord would reject him if he knew the truth. Freed from the need to pursue perfection and pretend to be what he was not, Peter could take a giant step on his spiritual journey.
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Luke 5:9
Becoming a disciple doesn’t usually involve leaving one’s occupation; for most of us, the call is to make a difference within the familiar circles of family, friends, work and faith community. However secular out lives may seem, there are always opportunities to reach out to others in love, for the sake of Christ.
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Even when we are sent into deep waters, Jesus never leaves us. He never left the boat when he told Peter to go into the deep waters.
From 2/10/13 homily by Deacon Phil Kehoe

Luke 5:5
Just when we are tempted to give up/give in, Jesus will gently ask us to try one more time…No no matter how futile we feel at the moment, the Lord knows what lies just beneath the surface. Drop your net.
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Luke 4: 42
The Gospels made one thing clear: Jesus was very approachable…His demeanor reflected the God he preached, Abba, a God who was first and foremost loving.
Someone has said that the greatest sin is to make God unattractive. Unfortunately, we can do this not only by the words we preach but more so by our very demeanor. Today, let us ask ourselves, “How amiable am I? How approachable and kind am I to the people I live with, work with, serve or meet on the street? Do I reflect the amiable God I believe in?”
Sr. Melanie Svoboda, S.N.D., Living Faith, 9/3/08


I would like to think that I am very approachable. However, I remember being teased y others in my neighborhood when I was growing up: they would say that if I didn’t say “Hi” to them on the street, it’s because I didn’t see them” Apparently, it’s because I always looked straight ahead and never looked around to actually SEE anyone. I guess I was so focused and that kind of focus can definitely make me unapproachable. My brother also likes to tease me that people are scared of me and I’m never sure why, but it must be something about my demeanor that scares them, something unconscious that I clearly need to work on.


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Luke 4: 40
We ask God to grant comfort to those who are suffering. When they are afraid, give them courage; when afflicted, give them patience; when dejected, afford them hope; and when alone, assure them they have the support of God’s holy people.
Fr. James McKarns, Living Faith 8/31/11

Never doubt that praying for the sick can make a difference. Their illness may or may not dissipate, but courage, comfort, strength, peace and other essential gifts of inner healing will grow in them. When people ask you to pray for them, write down their names, daily hold these names close to your heart and send forth God’s love to these persons.
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Luke 4: 36
“I know that I have been possessed by spirits of anxiety and jealousy and anger and grief. I have felt controlled by unclean thoughts of greed and self-interest and laziness and lust. Haven’t we all fought these kinds of demons? Fighting evil of any kind is one of the hardest challenges we face in life…When we find ourselves struggling and drowning in a sea we cannot control, we possess a secret spiritual weapon. We have the Word of God, whether leather-bound or held in our hearts; it has authority and power. It alone commands all else and frees our hearts and minds from evil.
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Luke 4: 24
Things are easier when we are all ordinary and stay within others’ expectations of us. Then we can operate out of habit and not have to pay attention; we can live on autopilot…and not pay attention to the ordinary people around us…I ask God to help me see them as the extraordinary creatures they are, on their own mysterious journey of life…then I might get a glimpse of who might be a prophet.
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Luke 4: 16-19
One interpretation of (this passage0 would be that if God is truly to save us, he must not only act on us from the outside, bringing power to bear that we do not of ourselves possess. God must also create within us a principle of response. A healing act can only occur in a body already alive. Even God cannot heal a corpse…
Another, nearly opposite way of interpreting this passage…Only when a human being has lost everything can he be brought at last to throw himself on the generosity and love of God. In God, might and powerlessness, riches and poverty are the same. Only the poor can know this by heart, so only they can respond to the invitation to the kingdom.

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Luke 4: 3-4
…The Lord rained down bread from heaven in order to teach his people as well as feed them. He wanted them to learn that he was their father and that, although he might lead them into some hard times and strange places, they could always trust him with their lives. The bread that came was food from a father who they must trust and rely on. A father cares for his child and the Lord cares for his people.
The heart of Satan’s suggestion is that Jesus as God’s Son need not and should not rely on his Father. The prerogative of divine Sonship is the use of divine powers for one’s own convenience and not with reference to his Father’s plans. Jesus is to command and not to ask. He is in charge and need not trust in his Father’s providence.
Jesus refuses this and says, “One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God’s mouth.” We feed on the truth of God’s Word when we see that he is our Father and cares for all our needs.

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Luke 4:1-2
…But why was he sent? There are 2 possibilities. The first would be that Jesus went to be tested on our behalf. There is a mysterious solidarity between him and us, and so the victories that he wins he doesn’t win for himself alone.
The other possibility is that Jesus went to the desert in order to have his sense of his own mission purified.

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that message is one I need to heed every day at work... thanks..

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Luke 3: 26-28
…Did you notice the name Er? Unlike others on the list, he actually has a story in Genesis (38:6-7) WE are told that he is wicked. What happens to him, his wife Tamar, his brother and his father is so salacious that you may be shocked this story is in the bible. You may wonder, what was Luke thinking including Er?
Luke’s gospel is filled with stories about Jesus with people others didn’t like. Some of these people had made terrible choices. Others were victims of society’s cruel judgment. Jesus spends time with them…What we learn is that despite our opinions, every human life matters to God. There is no person so lost or confused who could not be healed by the grace of God.
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Luke 3: 23-25
Luke is not as interested in providing a family tree as he is in giving us the knowledge that Jesus, who is God’s Son, shares our human life. Every human person, in every generation, is brother/sister to him. What about our spiritual genealogy? To whom are you grateful for having found Christ?
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Luke 3: 21-22
Luke offers the image of Jesus being baptized in the river with others…Luke tells of Jesus standing with the poor, the marginalized, the sick and suffering, In living this way, Jesus shows us what the discipleship of the baptized looks like.
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The week 5 readings present the genealogy of jesus in a different way than it is presented in matthew. The following is a link to a page explaining the differences christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlis
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Exactly!! We may not be able to keep ourselves in the "Church(building)", but we can keep the church in us!! We ARE the temple.. we receive that temple at baptism. to be the light to others.. we receive the LIGHT OF CHRIST and we are now instruments of that light, to pass to others,,

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Luke 2:36-40
Like Simeon, (Anna) was one of the faithful remnant of Israel…she prayed day and night, keeping her heart fixed on Yahweh…she saw that he (Jesus) was the one who would bring about “the redemption of Israel”. Then she spoke about Jesus to everyone who would listen..You might even say that Anna was the church’s first evangelist—even though she probably had just a glimpse of what the “good news” of Jesus was all about!
What can we learn from Anna’s example?...we can try to imitate her persistence. That’s what kept her faith alive during all the years when she could have lost hope, and it can do the same with us. We can follow her example of watchfulness as well. Anna was alert to the signs of God’s movement around her and she was not disappointed. We too can find jesus in the most unlikely of places and people, if we keep our hearts as humble and pure as hers. We can also imitate Anna’s boldness in telling people about Jesus…
Probably the most important thing Anna can teach us is simply to stay in the Temple! We may not be able to spend our every waking moment in church, but we can keep the sanctuary of our hearts clean so that we can turn to the Lord throughout the day.

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Nunc Dimittis (Simeon's canticle)

Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have preparedin the presence of all peoples,
A light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people in Israel.

To receive /sing one's Nunc Dimittis is to receive permission for one's leave-taking, and to take satisfaction in a leave-taking. (from "The Catholic Source Book"

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Luke 2: 29-30
These words spoken in today’s gospel…are given us to pray every night. Night prayer is part of the church’s Liturgy of the Hours (the “office” or “breviary”). Since the beginning of the Church’s life 2 millennia ago, Christains have honored the times of day with prayer, through morning, evening and night….The old man Simeon first spoke the words we now call the Nunc Dimittis. They teach us how to receive the life God gives. They spring from life newly-born and life fulfilled…(as he held Jesus) he recognized what few there could see: salvation accomplished.
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Luke 2: 22-35
Did you ever wonder how Simeon recognized the baby Jesus as Lord? Did Jesus have a halo, or were there angels gathered around him? Did Mary or Joseph give off a heavenly light? Probably not. But does tell us that the Holy Spirit was “upon” Simeon and that he came” in the Spirit” to the Temple (Luke 2: 25,27). God had promised that he would see the Messiah, so Simeon kept his spiritual and physical eyes open waiting for that day. He wasn’t going to miss it for the world!
Another way of explaining how Simeon recognized Jesus is to say that holiness recognizes holiness. On a natural level, we are drawn to a newborn’s innocence, trust and vulnerability because we all yearn for these qualities as well. And on a spiritual level, Simeon was attracted to the One who is the source of the life that he himself yearned for. Simeon experienced what the psalmist meant when he wrote, “Deep calls to deep” (Ps 42:8) In his case, the holiness in Jesus called to the holiness in Simeon.
There’s no special secret to finding Jesus. It’s not as if he is trying to hide from us! Scripture tells us , “You have not approached that which could be touched and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm” (Heb 12:18). In his birth, Jesus came as a helpless child, lowly and meek. In his death, he came as a ”high priest” who can identify with out weaknesses (4:15). Because he loves us so much, he has torn the veil that separated us from God, and made a way for us to come to him (10:20)

Like Simeon, the closer we are to Jesus, the more we will recognize him. If we listen, we can hear him in the quiet of out hearts, speaking words of love and affirmation. If we look, we will see him in our family and friends, in our brothers and sisters in Christ, in the poor and needy around us—and above all in the miracle of the Eucharist. So take him in your arms, and let him call you to his heart.
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Luke 2: 34-35
-Tradition tells us that may endured seven major sorrows—from the Flight into Egypt to the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus. Mary’s sorrows were a direct result of her relationship with Jesus
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Luke 2:35
-This family is not only a model of holiness, it is also a model to all families who suffer.
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Luke 2: 34
Christ’s birth creates division between those who accept and those who reject him. Those who love and those who hate.
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Luke 2:22-35
-we are also called to announce God’s plan of salvation to those close to us
-we can be prepared by knowing God’s word, pondering it and being confident in what God says
-as you read and think about scripture, declare your trust and belief in God. Listen for the Spirit’s still small voice and be ready to follow whatever promptings you may feel from him
-whether we do it with our voices/actions, it is up to us to proclaim God’s glory and His wondorous deeds. It is up to us to spread His splendor and majesty wherever we go. (Ps 96: 2-3, 6)
-start simply by quieting your heart before God and asking Him to fill it. Ask Him for a sense of His love and allow Jesus to perfect it in you. (1 Jn 2: 5)
-try ypur best to obey what you know God is asking you to do and you will find the love and presence of God spilling out of you to all the people in your life
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Luke 2:22
1) The fact that Mary and Joseph offer a pair of turtle doves as a sacrifice indicates that they are poor (because they can’t afford the lamb traditionally prescribed). This scene is in full keeping with Luke’s understanding of Jesus—he arrives in the lowly circumstances of ordinary people to bring good news to the poor. Steven bridge, Understanding God’s Word, 12/29/05
2) The most ancient Israelite tradition understood the divine command to “consecrate” the first born to mean the boy should be sacrificed to God. Israel came to understand that God abhors human sacrifice (Gen 200, so later laws specify a substitute sacrifice to “redeem” the boy (Ex 13: 1-2, 12-13) or to “buy him back” from God (Num 18:16) Either “transaction” should take place in the temple.
3) Jesus’ redemption is absent from this scene. Mary’s firstborn is not redeemed because, indeed, jesus will be offered in sacrifice to God and it is this self-offering that will provide the substitute sacrifice to redeem the whole world. Shaila McGinn, Understanding God’s Word, 12/29/06


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Luke 2:7

The following is from "Understanding God's Word, 12/25/05

Does Luke's version of jesus' birth differ from matthew's? Yes...When Jesus is born in matthew's Gospel, a start emblazons the sky, signaling dignitaries from exotic lands. These "magi" embark on their long journey, taking up to 2 years to reach jerusalem. Once there, their arrival wreaks havoc--not only is King Herod troubled, but all Jersusalem. Plots are hatched, calculations are made. deals are struck. The Magi continue onwards, guided by the star. They find Jesus--at his house--and pay him homage with fantastic gifts. When they evade Herod, Herod launches a desparate assasination attempt. Warned by a dream, the Holy Family fless under cover of darkenss to seek asylum in Eygypt.

In Luke, Mary and Joseph are forced to travel from Nazareth to bethlehemfor a state census. Lost in a sea of humanity, they are denied even a spare room there. In the back alley of some hostel, mary gives birth and must lay her child in a paltry feedbox. the entire event goes practically unnoticed, except when a few scruffy shepherds shuffle in from a neighboring field. Eight days later, the Holy family returns to Nazareth after a stop on Jerusalem.

These portrayals even seem contradictory. Matthew's scene is portensous, dramatic and politically charged. Luke's is humble, pedestrian and unassuming. Fir matthew, jesus is the King of the Jews, the long awaited Messiah, whose draqmatic arrival befits his royal status. For luke, Jesus is the Son of God whose meager circumstances reflect his solidarity with even the most insignificant in society.

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Luke 1: 79

-our labors make no sense if they are not energized and motivated by the ultimate goal of our Christian life, which is to rest in God, to repose peacefully in God, to be one with God.
-Respect for the Sabbath is a commandment. We discover in fulfilling our Sabbath duties to rest,our identity as children of God. The least known and most important human right is the right to contemplation.
-it is the fruit and sign of a personality in harmony with itself and with God

excerpts from "Being Still" by Jean-Yves leloup (as found in Living Faith, 12/24/05)



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Luke 1:68
-Jesus was sent by the father to tell us that God loves us and wants to save us
-God is aware of every movement in your heart
-God made you for a uniqwue purpose
-the process of growing to maturity is one of gradually finding out who you areand what your purpose is in life
-if your personal talents are hidden from your eyesat this stage of your development, then be patient. The Spirit will lead you.
-many people do not find themselves until middle age or later.
-don’t be surprised if you are among them. Finding yourself takes time. You must be patient. The frustration of not knowing exactly what God wants of you is painful, but pain is part of the process.
Fr, John T Catoir, “Advent meditations on Joy”


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Luke 1:60
-John’s very name advertises the message he is to proclaim
-Elizabeth recognized that in her son God was doing something new An old name (i.e. naming him after his father) simply would not be appropriate. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth was able to transcend human custom and perceive in her child a new grace, a new visitation of God.
From a reflection by Fr. Fidelis Moscinski C.F.R., “Praying with St. Luke’s Gospel”


Our difficulty is that we often resist change; we cling to the old ways of acing and thinking precisely when God is asking us to moveforward into a new and deeper life with him.
From a reflection by Fr. Fidelis Moscinski C.F.R., “Praying with St. Luke’s Gospel”


Zechariah’s tongue was freed when he manifested his faith (by agreeing that the baby’s name would be John). His muteness indicated a lack of faith. Our muteness about God in our work, at home, in the media, can also represent a lack of faith.
How often do I use the gift of speech to witness to the blessings of God in my life?


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Luke 1:38

Luke shows Mary as the perfect disciple....Mary, in her whole person, is the Christian as he or she is meant to be...And so we have in Mary a living message, a living portrayal, of ourselves and our destiny. Mary is the recipient of grace, unmerited and unasked for. Everything is God's work from first to last...She is favored because of what God has done for her...God favors, God gives, God acts and loves and cherishes. Mary simply responds, takes the Word into herself, lets it bear fruit

excerpts from A Year with mary by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard ( as found in Living Faith, 12/12/01)

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God's blessing of Abraham to become a source of blessing for all people parallels the mystery of God's choosing mary to bear that blessing into the world.
-Mary and Abraham also parallel each other in terms of their response to election--they both put their faith in the Lord (Chris Seeman," Understanding God's Word", 12/8/06)

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Sharing some of my favorite reflections on the past week's readings before moving on:

Luke 1:30

-The words "Do not be afraid" appear in various phrases 365times in the bible.
-Jesus said it many times, in different contexts
-"FEAR IS USELESS; WHAT YOU NEED IS TRUST"
-fear is the enemy of joy
-Jesus wants us top be free of it (fear)
-focus on the present moment
-don't let the past weigh you down
-don't live in dread about the future
-NOW IS THE ONLY TIME YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR LIFE

Above are excerpts from "Advent Meditations on Joy" by Father John T. Catoir

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do I respond to God's invitation to bring forth Jesus to the world? I think I respond in little ways--words of encouragement here and there, teaching my mother a short prayer to say when she was going through radiation therapy. I haven't done any evangelizing in the major sense of the word, but I do a lot of little things, because, in the end, the little things count to. And, by living a life more based on faith, I will be able to bring Jesus to world just by example. But as I have mentioned before, I have a long way to go.

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So, what are your thoughts on the first reading Luke 1: 1-25? One of my first thoughts was fear, especially when facing an angel of God. I wouldn't just be "troubled" by what I saw, I would probably run in the opposite direction and head for the nearest exit. Maybe it says something about how devout Zechariah was and how righteous and faithful he was that he could stand there and face an angel of God and not run away. But he also questionned and doubted what the angel said and i know (if I had the fortitude to stick around and not run), I would question him too. maybe it's my societal upbringing that leads me to not take anything at face value and alsways look for "the catch" or "the punchline". I haven't reached that stage of faithful trust that Mary already had, but I'm trying to work on it.

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This thread will be specifically for questions or comments on the weeks readings from the Gospel. Here is where you can post anything that YOU may have learned in your own studies that will help bring further understanding to everyone . Let's have fun and learn and grow to be better Christians! I know I need it!

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