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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 28, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:35

Today's Readings:

in those days The Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave that I must go down....Gen.18:20

So WHAT WAS THEIR SIN?

Google this question and you will get diverse answers.

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FOOD STAMPS REFLECTION For 16th Week, Ord. Time

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 19 July 2013 11:58

"Let me bring you a little food' that you may refresh yourselves...Gen. Ch. 18

from First Reading, Sunday, July 21

Feeding the hungry is a constant theme in the Scriptures. It is a basic mark of civilization in every age.

Recently David Brooks, national writer said he intended to do an exposé on misuse of FOOD STAMPS.

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Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, July 21, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 19 July 2013 08:52

“Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha, welcomed him.”

Today’s Gospel: LK 10:38

Is not the word “Welcome!” one of the great words of our language? It is also a favorite word of Scripture; we encounter it both in today’s first reading, as well as in today’s Gospel.

In the picture above, Fitz and Rosemary are welcomed at a “safe house,” a warm place of hospitality by John and Anna O’Connor and their dog Finley, for Balderdash.

Bachelors like me need “safe houses” where they can escape from bachelor pads.

When I was “confined” to the all male St. Paul Seminary, Rosemary’s house was a safe house for me and many Omaha seminarians on our infrequent days off.

And Jesus also was a bachelor!

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Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, July 14, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 12 July 2013 09:11

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN:

if Jesus were to tell this parable in today's terms, it might go this way:

"An undocumented immigrant was going down the road-"

(They are hated like the Samaritans were in the time of Jesus.)

An Anglo white guy, victim of a hit and run lies there.

A Tea Party activist passes by and says, "he looks poor, let him raise himself up by his own bootstraps!"

A Catholic pro-life activist passes by: "I am too busy. I am on my way to a Pro-life Rally.""

So the immigrant picks up the white guy and takes him to the emergency ward.

Well something like that happened in our Tea Party dominated House of Representatives: they removed Food stamps for the hungry poor from the Farm Bill but kept all kinds of subsidies for large corporate farm companies which amounts to corporate welfare. They will get around to food stamps later when they can really slash them . After all, the hungry poor, many of whom are children, "they can lift themselves up by their own bootstraps!" And so the hungry poor are left by the roadside, the victims of a "hit and run" by A speeding Tea Party bus.

in the meantime Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire Father of Tea Partism is leaving his third wife by the roadside.

Breakfast Question: Good food? What have I done lately for the hungry poor?

Personal Reflection: What have I told my congressman lately?

Who am I in the modern Good Samaritan story? 

 

 

July 7, 2013 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 05 July 2013 13:25

 

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