Reflections

Another challenging Gospel about how we see and treat the poor.  Wealth is not the problem. The problem is how we use our riches.  Amos is the champion of the poor and oppressed.  He says there will be a day of reckoning for those who misappropriated their wealth.  The is the story of the rich man in today’s Gospel.  He showed no concern for the

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God’s Apprentice

Today’s is a strange and difficult parable. A dishonest business man is caught squandering and is faced with dismissal. The business man sees a bleak future ahead of him and without a minute to waste sets about making some shrewd though dodgy deals to secure his future. We sit back waiting for his come-uppance but it doesn’t happen! In fact the business man is applauded

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Calculating The Cost

We hear a lot about calculating the cost of discipleship, but how many people actually sit down and do exactly that .... calculate the cost. We certainly do our calculations if we’re paying a visit to the bank manager for a loan. We certainly start calculating if we’re down to small change and there are two long weeks left to pay day. Today Jesus tells

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The Narrow Door

Surely the days of teaching about hell fire and damnation are gone. Surely our ever loving and forgiving God wouldn’t exclude anyone from Heaven. Well according to today’s gospel reading we can’t bet on it! We might imagine Heaven’s gates as big and welcoming, but today we hear that it may instead be a narrow door through which it might be difficult for us to

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Must Be Prepared

'Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ‘Be dressed for action and have your

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God’s Pension Plan

A farmer has a lucky year and finds himself with an abundant crop. He decides to tear down his barns and build bigger ones in which to store it. In the meantime, he decides to take a well earned rest, eating drinking and making merry, confident that his future is   financially secured. “You fool,” says, God, “this very night your life is being demanded of

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