Wednesday’s Word

Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.


 

Luke’s Beatitudes: Blessings and Woes

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

Dorothy Day, great pioneer of the Catholic Worker movement, was once accosted by a fellow Catholic who was of the opinion that Day’s radical stance of living for and with the poor was a bit over the top. Day replied to him, “Go home and read the four gospels. Then we can talk.”

Can we talk frankly about the demands of the Beatitudes and Woes as presented this week in Luke 6:20-30?

First we have to take the nice music away – you know, the kind that makes the beatitudes feel smooth and lovely. Then we have to get out our brushes and brooms and whisk away the glitter, and then question the notion that these words are sweet and silky to “taste and see.” Quite frankly, Luke’s beatitudes are harder to hear and harder to chew than those in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. Continue reading →

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Attitudes of Gratitude

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

“We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones.” – Colossians 1:3-4

Paul, the great apostle of the Gentiles, used letters to teach the communities that he preached to. We are blessed to have these letters for our instruction as well. Today, Paul begins his letter to the Colossians with this statement of appreciation: Continue reading →

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It’s Always Been this Way…But Maybe Not Now!

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

The thought I had as I read the Gospel for today, August 26, was that we often hide behind laws, traditions, customs and ancient ways in order to justify our decisions and the actions we take. We use the laws to justify our actions when it is in our personal best interest to do so. We are afraid even when we know the truth because sometimes the truth asks us to look at things from a different angle, to step away from what has always made us comfortable. Continue reading →

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Do Goldfinches Tweet?

Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

The Sister in my local community, Joan, put up a bird feeder in our backyard to attract goldfinches. It’s a special bird feeder built to resist the thieving neighborhood squirrels who defy gravity in their quest for food. Continue reading →

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God’s Holey Church

Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

We celebrated Dominic’s feast day on August 8. This year marks the 800th year of the Order of Preachers, and we remembered together Dominic’s story, his passion for the preaching, his joy, his vision, his life of poverty, and his steady and strong belief in his call to preach the Gospel to all nations…and Christ’s accompanying promise heard at the end of Matthew’s Gospel: “And know that I am with you always, until the end of time.”

It was Matthew’s gospel Dominic carried with him, and this season we’ve been hearing it at daily Eucharist. This week we read Chapter 18: how to be church. We hear the disciples’ query: who will be the greatest in the kingdom of God? Certainly not the high and the mighty, Jesus answers, but the children and the childlike, needy and vulnerable, aware of their weakness and desperate for God’s love and the care of others. We could put it thus: God’s holy ones are the holey ones. Continue reading →

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