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A flood had devastated the... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
A flood had devastated the area around the small mountain town and a large tent city had been erecte
Sam Walton, one of the... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Sam Walton, one of the great philanthropists in America in this century, was an elder and active mem
One of our historical favorites... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
One of our historical favorites is Abraham Lincoln.
Henry G. Bosch wrote in... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Henry G. Bosch wrote in Our Daily Bread about Booker T. Washington, the black educator.
The great artist Whistler was... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The great artist Whistler was attempting to help a painter friend of his in getting his work display
The late Bishop Gerald Kennedy... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The late Bishop Gerald Kennedy told about a museum in Vienna where a piano Beethoven played is displ
The way of wisdom seems... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The way of wisdom seems out of touch with so many realities of today.
Back in the 1960s, Fuzzy... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Back in the 1960s, Fuzzy Thurston, a Valparaiso University graduate, was playing left guard for Vinc
Aesop's fable, The Fox and... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Aesop's fable, "The Fox and the Crow," illustrates the folly of human pride.
Humility means not taking ourselves... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Humility means not taking ourselves too seriously.
The opening verses in this... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The opening verses in this reading glorify the practice of humility.

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Proper 17 -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29, Proverbs 25:6-7, Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1985
The LessonsEzekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 (C)
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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David Kalas
I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 

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Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

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Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
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It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
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One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Sweat swarmed and beaded the palms of his hands as his heart thumped and pulse escalated. Bulging eyes blinked rapidly as his face twitched. His brown, swollen hands rumbled nervously through the inside pocket of his urine-stained tweed overcoat. "I got to find a match," he said to himself. "I got to find a match." Again he jerked through every pocket of his pants, jacket, and shirt. Still no match.

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