Word for the Weekend: September 4

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Time to sit down with the Word and begin to read, study and pray over it!

Strong texts this weekend with strong sayings.

Read the texts and background materials to prepare for Mass this Sunday.

Got kids? Here are some hints to help them prepare to actually listen to the scriptures this weekend!

In this week's readings...

The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that the Lord gives us all fair warning on the rules of the game of life. (Have we read the rules?  Do we play by them?  Whose rules do we follow?)

St. Paul lists some of those rules but reminds us that every law finds its ultimate source and meaning in the command that we love one another.   (It's too easy to say that Jesus and Paul said these simple things in simpler times and so they no longer are to be taken at face value.  It's taking what's simple at face value that is the scripture's, and the Lord's, challenge to us.)

And Matthew gives us the protocol for handling situations when we offend one another by breaking the rules.  (How do we live by this protocol in our families? our neighborhoods? in our parishes?  at our jobs? in the world?)


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  1. This is the first time I've taken the time to read through all of this. Between these postings and re-reading homilies, I believe this is a terrific way to stay connected. To not let Sunday just be the day to consider what I'm doing in this life. Thanks.

  2. So glad you took that first step! "Living" with the scriptures through the week makes a huge difference!


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