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11.10.2013. Father Drew's Weekly Message.

Have you ever been asked a question just to test how you will respond or to provoke a reaction? Have you ever been asked a question and you know the questioner is not really serious but is just testing to see how you will react? It is this silly game that the Sadducees play with Jesus in today’s Gospel (Luke 29:27-38).

10.20.2013. Father Drew's Weekly Message.

Good morning Holy Angels,

We pray every day and the importance of prayer is emphasized in the Scriptures today. In the first reading (Ex 17:8-13) Moses holding up his arms is an Old Testament gesture for prayer. As long as Moses holds up his arms in prayer everything goes well. When Moses no longer holds up his arms in prayer there are problems. I think we can also see Moses holding up his arms in prayer as anticipating Christ holding up his arms in prayer on the Cross winning the battle over evil and sin for us.

09.01.2013. Father Drew's Weekly Message.

The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.

Why would someone want to exalt himself/herself or, in the language of Jesus’ parable in the Gospel today, want the best place at table? One reason could be feeling inferior to others or lacking self-confidence. They try to compensate by exalting themselves. A proverb from somewhere in Asia is good; it says, “Don’t make yourself so high, you are not so low.” In other words, “Don’t boast or be snobbish, you are not so inferior that you have to compensate by looking down on someone else.” Don’t make yourself so high, you are not so low.

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