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We Are Rich
Because money represents power, authority and success, often it is difficult for wealthy people to realize their need and their powerlessness to save themselves. The rich in talent or intelligence suffer the same difficulty. Unless God reaches down into their lives, they will not come to Him. Jesus surprised some of His hearers by offering salvation to the poor; He may surprise some people today by offering it to the rich.
7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
"Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one
who wants to borrow." Today Jesus
continues the powerful teaching of
his Sermon on the Mount. Typical of
this famous sermon, here He urges
us to see things in a new way,
specifically regarding situations
and people who bother us. First,
He tells us not to seek revenge.
Instead, we are to demonstrate
incredible generosity. Then, He
instructs us to "love your enemies
SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus' program for becoming children
of the kingdom of heaven is presented
in a series of contrasts between what
the law of Moses commands and how Jesus'
teaching brings that law to fulfillment.
We hear four such contrasts today. Jesus
makes it clear that He has come not to
abolish but to fulfill the Masaic Law
and the prophets. He challenges us to
have our righteousness, that is, our
right relationship with God and others,
exceed that of the teachers of His day.
THE CHURCH'S APPALLING SILENCE ON RACISM
Pastors need to decry racism as a sin from
By Father Bryan Massingale
On June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man,
Dylann Roof, killed nine black people as they
said prayers, sang hymns, and studied the Bible
in a Charleston, South Carolina church. Roof
freely confessed that his motive was frankly
racist. He reportedly said as he was shooting,
“You rape our women and you’re taking over our