Seminary Class Resumes
I am teaching again this fall semester at the Athenaeum (Mt. St. Mary Seminary) on Tuesday afternoons. Because of my background as financial director for the Archdiocese in the 1980s and 1990s, I teach a very simple but practical course called Pastoral Administration to those about to be ordained. I realize that my absence from availability at both parishes is an inconvenience for emergency sick calls etc. but I promise to do my best.
I try to visit the local hospitals asap if a person is dying or in serious danger of death, but may need a day or two if the inpatient would simply like a visit. It is harder to get to the hospitals which are about an hour drive away as I may not have three hours of free time between Masses and funerals to be able to drive there and back; but I try. Please remember to call me as soon as a parishioner enters the hospital. I often receive a call the day the person is going home. Please call and leave a message when you know a parishioner has been admitted to hospital or hospice.
Reflection on Scripture
“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” Jesus is not disregarding the issue of cleanliness. Jesus is not opposed to good etiquette. He simply wants people to be practical rather than habitual. Jesus suggests they have made human ritual more important than ethical obedience. They have made compulsive behavior disorders mandatory.
We can avoid this by acting the way Jesus calls us to be and act. Jesus is saying, “Think what you are doing and ponder your response in faith.
Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Theme: Jesus calls us to surprise the world with compassion.
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