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I'm an independent trainer, retired civil servant, married with four grown children
Interests: Kiwanis Tae Kwon Do Centering Prayer Workplace spirituality
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In the scriptures for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 30, 2016) we will hear about a man who has changed. Zaccheus (Zack), unlike the tax collector from last Sunday's Gospel, has done very well for himself. Yet he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 23, 2016) warn good people of a spiritual danger. Somewhere (I don't remember where) in John Henry Newman's writings there is a magnificent paragraph about how self confidence and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct. 16th, 2016) emphasize persistence in prayer. In Ex 17:8-13 Moses needed help in praying during Israel’s day long battle with the Amelek. In the gospel (Lk18:1-8), Jesus commends the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at HerbEly
There is, to my mind, a convergence between a recent Peanuts cartoon and the scripture readings for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 4, 2016). In the cartoon: Lucy: "Why are you hiding under the bed?" Charlie: "School starts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at HerbEly
In the scriptures for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 28, 2016) we hear the story from Luke about a wedding reception in which a guest chooses a place of high honor at the table. Jesus advises that we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at HerbEly
Here are two reflections on the scriptures for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug 21, 2016). Taking advantage of the three year cycle, I’m repeating blog postings from 2013 and 2010. ————————— August 21, 2013 From Tarshish Through the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at HerbEly
This blog posting below is from the Twentieth Sunday on August 14, three years ago. The scene is different in Europe and the United States now. Still we would do well to live by the words of Jeremiah 29. ——————————————... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 7, 2016) remind of us of Aretha Franklin’s song People, Get Ready, "People get ready, for the train to Jordan It's picking up passengers from coast to coast Faith is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at HerbEly
When we come to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 31, 2016) the Scripture Readings challenge us to the core of our being. The lectionary readings for Sunday are in a three year cycle. Here e reflections from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at HerbEly
The lectionary is structured so that the Old Testament and Gospel readings are thematically related each Sunday. The relationships for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time is based on persistence in prayer - and trusting that God will supply what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at HerbEly
On the 16h Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 17, 2016) we get the Martha and Mary story. Here is my blog entry from six years ago (slightly revised). : For the Mass readings for each Sunday there is a connection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at HerbEly
The readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time present a vivid image of rejection! In Luke 10:5-12 the disciples are advised: "But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at HerbEly
On the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 26, 2016) the readings for Mass include the dramatic story of how James and John want to destroy a Samaritan town. The town had refused to admit Jesus and the disciples because... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at HerbEly
The readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 19, 2016) are challenging. In Luke 9:23-24 we hear: “Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 12th) pose a question: Is it better to be someone who has done wrong and admitted it or someone quick to point out why others are very wrong? In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at HerbEly
Trinity Sunday provides a challenge to homilists They must say something about the scripture readings, expound on this great mystery, and stay within reasonable time limits. (Note: the lectionary readings repeat in a three year cycle. This is my reflection... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at HerbEly
The Ascension scriptures for this Sunday (May 8, 2916) are a message of hope. At the end of our first reading (Acts 1:1-11) two men (the same who appeared at the tomb?) find the apostles standing looking at the sky:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at HerbEly
Bonny and I each shared a ~42 year old memory when we looked at the scripture readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 1, 2016). We remember our joy when we heard this spiritual at the baptism of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 24, 2016) tell us of the beginnings of the Church (Acts 14:21-17), give us hope for the future (Rev 21:1-5), and charge us to live a life of love for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 17, 2016) ask us to grasp two contradictory images at the same time. In the second reading we will hear: “……. For the Lamb who is in the center of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the First Sunday of Lent (February 14, 2016) contain a lesson on how to listen to scripture. In the first reading (Dt. 26:4-10) Moses instructs the people, telling them that what happened to their father Abraham... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at HerbEly
For the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (February 7, 2016) the scripture readings tell of God’s call and our reluctant response. In the first reading (Is 6:1-8) we hear txt Isiah is convinced that he cannot respond: Then I said,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at HerbEly
We have a clear example of how to read scripture in the first and third readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 14, 2016). In the lectionary the first (Old Testament) and third (gospel) readings are always connected.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at HerbEly
The scriptures for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jan. 17, 2016) are filled with images of overflowing love. In the gospel (Jn 2:1-11) we hear the story of the wedding feast at Cana. Jesus, reduces the wedding couple from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at HerbEly
Our scripture readings for the Second Sunday Ordinary Time (January 10, 2016) begin with the Baptism of the Lord. This is the start of Jesus public ministry. (This year the Sunday Mass readings for this will follow Jesus’ life as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at HerbEly