angfrayle on April 25th, 2011
The story of two disciples walking to Emmaus is a story of conversion. Jerusalem, in the gospel of Luke, is the place of salvation. That is why when the two disciples walk away from Jerusalem they were walking away from salvation. In returning to Jerusalem they also go back to salvation by listening to the proclamation of Peter. What made this change this possible? The Risen Lord who opened their eyes, first through the reading of the Scriptures and second, through the breaking of the bread.

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angfrayle on October 10th, 2010
The Temple of Jerusalem, the building that King Herod restored, enlarged and decorated with precious stones, was a massive structure that appeared to all as a permanent and secure monument of the institutions that God established through Moses. The Temple was meant to become the place where everyone who reveres God and recognizes His Messiah […]

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angfrayle on September 30th, 2010
One of the more interesting characters in the Gospel of Luke is Zacchaeus, a short but rich tax collector who met the Lord and welcomed Him into his house. His story can be compared to that of the woman who unashamedly broke into a Pharisee’s house to welcome Jesus in an extravagant way. Both of […]

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angfrayle on September 19th, 2010
The Christian must always wait for the Lord. But waiting cannot be something passive. Paul would say that our waiting should be active in charity, an "expectant" faith that continues to bear the fruits of generous service. In today’s gospel, we are told that our waiting should be like that of the widow who is […]

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angfrayle on September 15th, 2010
During the last leg of Jesus’ journey towards Jerusalem, we find sayings and events that illustrate the way the kingdom is received and how Jesus is to be recognized in relation to the kingdom. The story of the one foreigner who returns to thank Jesus for salvation received anticipates how the Gentiles receive the kingdom […]

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angfrayle on September 11th, 2010
As Jesus nears the place where He will perform his duty as the Suffering Servant in being "obedient, obedient even unto death", he teaches his disciples what it means to be servants themselves. One of the biggest temptations of the servant is to stop obeying when he thinks he has done enough. The Lord says […]

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angfrayle on September 2nd, 2010
Last Sunday’s lesson in Christian Business Management 101 is continued this Sunday with a lesson about indifference. The parable of Dives and Lazarus is a warning to those who enjoy an abundance in material things without being responsible for those who are poor. The story is developed along the lines of the reversal of fortunes, […]

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All the goods of the earth are destined for all men and women, present and future. The accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few to the detriment of those who don’t even have a decent roof on their heads is a scandal. It is sinful. Does this justify a class war, where the […]

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angfrayle on August 16th, 2010
As Jesus nears the moment when he will celebrate his last supper with the disciples, he also begins to talk about the Messianic banquet. The occassion is a meal with certain leaders of the Pharisees. The episode begins with the healing of a man with dropsy,one of those who are thought to be unfit to […]

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angfrayle on July 8th, 2010
Scholars have noted the social concern in Luke’s gospel. They have seen it in the way Luke modifies materials he holds in common with Matthew (Q) and the special materials he incorporates into his gospel. One of these latter materials is the Parable of the Rich Fool. Luke incorporates it into his narrative as part […]

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angfrayle on July 5th, 2010
Luke is the evangelist who emphasizes prayer. He not only modifies his materials so as to bring out the importance of prayer in Jesus’ life, he also adds materials that illustrate how one should pray. For this Sunday, we are given a taste of this particular characteristic of the Lucan gospel. Upon the request of […]

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angfrayle on June 12th, 2010
For the 14th Sunday of OT — C, a vision of Mother Jerusalem, an image of the Church of the last days, is given to us. She is the Mother of all nations, "catholic" in the care she provides for her children. This picture is complemented by the narration of the sending of the seventy-two […]

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