Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Our readings for Sunday are here

These are the poems, my notes, and interpretations of Fr Dennis’ homily from the

  • August 7, 2016 10AM Mass


The poem Fr Dennis references this year is:

  • 2016 homily — Fetch by Tony Hoagland

In 2016, we reflected on —

  • This is one of those gospel readings in which we very quickly say “We got it!” to avoid listening to all the beatings.
  • In the 1st Reading, the Book of Wisdom, there are proverbs offered as a series of couplets, loosely, but generally linked.  However, they don’t have a clear sense of connection.
  • In the 2nd Reading, Abraham is known and worked as a man of faith, someone who knows God will be faithful but not how that faithfulness will manifest in his life.
  • The Jewish people began as nomads without any property of their own so they had to move their flocks.  Their experience gave them a strong sense of wandering and trusting in God to provide food and shelter along the way.
  • This experience is somewhat akin to modern era people who are homeless, who have to trust God or others to help us / to provide for us.
  • Today’s gospel shares that
    • Our heart is where our treasure is, and the need to be faithful serves us; and
    • We don’t take everything with us, just what is essential (the video, about 1minutes, is an rl addition).  🙂
  • We take all of these to re-focus on and in the Eucharist
    • Sundays are a re-focusing day and also contain our lifelong questions: What is my life about?  What am I trying to do and need God’s help?The poem, Fetch, captures how we long for love with people, animals, and God and that’s what focuses our lives.  How are we loving?Within those things that happen again and again, there is still the possibility of hope and love.
    And our image today is a fun video. Navi the Basset Hound running in slow motion. Perhaps fetching, but I doubt it. She is a Basset Hound after all! No deep meaning … just a little light-heartedness.

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