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8th Sunday of Ordinary Time
February 26, 2017

Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

First Things First

Maybe you are spending your life on what is of small value: what you will eat, what you will wear, how long you will live. These things do not last. They are too far down the scale of values.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Secrets of the Kingdom

He couldn’t remember so clearly the first part of the game. He hadn’t scored. He remembered all the parents jumping and screaming every time there was a goal scored and they hadn’t jumped and screamed for him.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

No Worries

When things get bad enough for a person, he can think that God has abandoned him. And that really is the worst. That is the extrinsic lower limit on the scale of bad things that can happen to a person.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

The Love Of God

God's love and justice are different from ours. The Gospel teaches us that in the just world of God, the sorrowing are consoled, the lowly inherit the land, the hungry have their fill, and the persecuted rejoice at being insulted and slandered.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Fully Present

Pope Francis says that Jesus asked us to contemplate the lilies of the field and the birds. If every person and creature has something to say to us, what do you learn from the lilies and birds when you really look at them?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda


I am father now

of him and

will not laugh

when he tells me

he is afraid

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