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    Sermon 505 : Logic of Justice; Logic of Grace : 24th week in Ordinary Time

    9/12/2010
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    The God Jesus describes does not operate according to the same logic we do. In fact, He seems to be crazy. If God is supposed to be like the Shepherd who abandons the ninety-nine to find the lost one and the woman who diligently searches her whole house for a penny, then he must be crazy. But that is not so. God operates according to the logic of grace, defying our logic of justice. Being a Christian is learning how to operate according to God's logic.
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Ogbonna Lucas
This is a very nice site for homlies
9/7/2010 7:39:23 AM
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tom
....this again shows us the wisdom of the written word in the bible....sometimes we need a translator like the good Father in his sermon today!
9/7/2010 12:25:47 PM
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Fr. Anand P MSFS
the best reflection on the parable of the "merciful father" and "the prodigal son"....
9/11/2010 10:28:12 AM
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Pat
Thank you Father for the clarity you bring.
9/12/2010 8:13:42 AM
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michael jaffray king
This is so graphically told. I lived inside all that was said in these few short minutes Reflections of today's Gospel reading.Thank God for justice but thank God much much more for His Grace.. Without Grace I would be totally lost and I dare say so would you..
Thanks Father B.
9/12/2010 8:44:02 AM
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jillian
My husband left me after 10 years of marriage, gets half-time custody of our children, leaves me with nothing, no way of supporting myself after 10 years of being caregiver to him and our kids, and everybody says "well he just wasn't happy with you, the marriage probably wasn't a valid sacrament because you both had "issues" before the wedding that should have been resolved". And now they quote me this bit about "not being owed anything from him or anyone else." Is that God's grace they're showing? To me, Father, it sounds like Satan. And no, I'm not the 'Church Lady'.

But this kind of phony misuse of God's grace is really hard to take. Surely that's not what is meant in cases like ours.
9/12/2010 11:56:10 AM
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Mary Jo
We need many more who can preach like Father Barron! Thanks! I have spread the word...
9/12/2010 3:04:26 PM
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Nancy
One of the best parts about grace is that it gives you a better return than justice. Often times when I encounter something irritating or that should be an affront and deal with it in a graceful manner,as you describe in your example about someone cutting you off in the car, it has a diffusing effect. It also connects me to the other person I am dealing with as I feel that when I acknowledge their mistake with understanding I am also acknowleding my own tendency to make mistakes as well. I am giving myself the same understanding.
9/12/2010 10:05:23 PM
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Pangel2012
Thank God is a God of Grace. We learn thru our trials and tribulations. (Jillian THANK God for your children and that you even have them - some have even LESS and are totally ALONE in the world.)
9/13/2010 8:43:33 AM
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