Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-32

Highlight: "While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion."

Reflection: I, like many Christians, have read the parable of the prodigal son countless times. So the question is: Is there anything left to...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25-33

Highlight: "Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?"

Reflection: Jesus asks us to give everything to him. Every part of us. So if we are still holding onto possessions or relationships that don't lead us closer to Christ, then trying to be...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14

Highlight: "For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Reflection: To a lot of people, the life Christ calls us to might look bleak. He asks us to let go of our earthly possessions, put others first in everything, and embrace suffering. Meanwhile, what are we supposed to do with all these...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 13:22-30

Highlight: "Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers.'"

Reflection: This week presents another difficult gospel passage. Jesus is asked if only a few people will be saved, and his response seems to indicate that...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:49-53

Highlight: "Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division."

Reflection: This gospel passage is a jarring contrast to the popular perception of Jesus and his mission. Especially when you look at...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-48

Highlight: "Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom."

Reflection: God loves us so much that he has prepared a kingdom for us. Heaven will be so much better than anything we can imagine, and certainly better than anything we could earn. The catch is...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:13-21

Highlight: "Though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions."

Reflection: This is a message we've all probably heard a thousand times. But are we really living it? Are we really making our relationship with God our highest priority? The things of this world are not evil, but they are...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-13

Highlight: "What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?"

Reflection: Is the message of this gospel reading that God will always give us what we ask for? Because if that's the measuring stick for prayer, I'd have lost my faith a long time ago. But that's not the message. The point of Jesus's question...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42

Highlight: "Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

Reflection: It might be hard to read this reading and not think that Jesus is missing something. "Jesus," we might say, "that's great that Mary is sitting at your feet and listening to you. But if we all just sat and listened, the world would...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Highlight: "When he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side."

Reflection: This reading might not be very challenging at first glance. After all, the priest and the Levite didn't act charitably. It's easy, then, to identify with the Good Samaritan. But what would I really...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Highlight: "If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you."

Reflection: This verse doesn't usually stick out to me when I read this Gospel passage, but it did today. It's about wishing peace for people, and really, to wish peace for someone is to love them. Jesus is advising us to...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 11B-17

Highlight: "Five loaves and two fish are all we have."

Reflection: Christ's love is wonderfully abundant. He gives us his very body and blood, and it never runs out. He takes our meager offerings and multiplies them a thousand-fold. Take a moment to marvel at the incomprehensible vastness of Jesus's love for you.

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Pentecost

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-23

Highlight: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

Reflection: It is important to remember that Jesus gave us a mission. And that mission is not just, "Believe in Jesus and work on your private relationship with him." We should strive for...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Ascension of the Lord

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:46-53

Highlight: "And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

Reflection: One of the difficult things about being a follower of Christ is discerning God's will for our lives. We know that we should do good and avoid sin, but what about the questions regarding...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading: John 14:23-29

Highlight: "And we will come to him and make our dwelling with him."

Reflection: Think of the people in your life that you always want to be near. What is it about these people that you love? I'm sure it varies from person to person, but it is always...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35

Highlight: "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Reflection: Being a follower of Christ means a lot of things. There are things we believe that the rest of the world mocks. Our faith can influence who we vote for, or where we spend our money. But the defining characteristic of a Christian should be...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading: John 10:27-30

Highlight: "No one can take them out of my hand."

Reflection: When I read today's Gospel, I get a sense of security. It is so reassuring to hear our Lord talk about us this way. We are so...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Third Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading: John 21:1-19

Highlight: "At that time, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias."

Reflection: I didn't even make it past the first sentence of this Gospel reading when I was struck by a realization. Growing up, I always took the different accounts of the apostles seeing the resurrected...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Divine Mercy Sunday

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

Highlight: "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Reflection: Poor Thomas. "Doubting Thomas." It's so easy to give him a hard time for disbelieving something that we've known about for two thousand years. But did he really...

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