Browsing Father Tony's Writings

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/08/19

Gospel Reflection 28th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year C

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

 “Ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance …” In the ancient world and into the Middle Ages, there was no treatment for leprosy. People thought it was wildly contagious and were suspicious of any ... Read More »

Increase Our Faith!

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/01/19

Gospel Reflection, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

 

Increase Our Faith!

What the Apostles ask Jesus in our gospel today is impressive.  “Increase our faith!”  They do not ask that the people should say nice things about them.  They do not ask that they should succeed by ... Read More »

The Rich Man’s Sin of Omission

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/01/19

Gospel Reflection, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CAM 6:1a,4-7/PS 146:7,8-9 1b/1 TM 6:11-16/LK 16:19-31

 

The Rich Man’s Sin of Omission

 The story of the rich man and Lazarus is a shocking story.  It is one that we should not be too quick to say is only a ... Read More »

Serving God, not Mammon

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/01/19

Gospel Reflection, 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year CAm 8:4-7, 1Tm 2:1-8, Lk 16:1-13

 

Serving God, not Mammon

Jesus says, “You cannot serve God and mammon.”  Literally translated, “serve” means “be the slave of”.  The rich man believes that money sets him free, but in reality, it dominates ... Read More »

Joy That Is Contagious

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/10/19

Gospel Reflection, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Joy That Is Contagious

Saint Luke tells us that “all” of the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to hear Jesus.  Think about this.  The very ones that were despised by the “righteous” were the ones who felt drawn ... Read More »

The Real Love of Christ

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/10/19

Gospel Reflection, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CWisdom 9: 13-18b; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33

The Real Love of Christ

Can we both love and hate at the same time?  Our 4th commandment says that we should love and honor our parents.  Human nature teaches us that we ... Read More »

Gospel Hospitality

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/27/19

Gospel Reflection, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:1, 7-14

Gospel Hospitality

Jesus was invited to the banquet of a ruler who belonged to a Pharisee.  We can only imagine how they watched him, how they mistrusted him, and tried to ... Read More »

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/13/19

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

As you can see from the picture (Sorry unable to paste in Father Tony's pictures, please see bulletin for them) above my sister, Maria, was enjoying what we were doing.  I, however, was experiencing its great anguish (but I enjoyed it too).  We ... Read More »

Be Ready and Alert!

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/06/19

Gospel Reflection, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CWisdom 18: 6-9; Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19; Luke 12: 32-48

Be Ready and Alert!

In our gospel Jesus says, “Sell your possessions and give alms.”  “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning.”  “Be like servants who await their master’s ... Read More »

Asking the Right Questions

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/30/19

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23; Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21

Asking the Right Questions

Consider for a moment that the man who encounters Jesus in the gospel today was privileged to do something that people longed for throughout many centuries.  He was able to be in person with Jesus, the Living ... Read More »