In a series of confrontations with religious authorities in Jerusalem, Jesus first astounded a delegation of Pharisees and partisans of the Herod family who were rulers of parts of Palestine through appointment by the Roman emperor and senate. That confrontation was last Sunday’s gospel reading and treated Matthew’s catechetical instruction about paying taxes. The Sadducees are next. They were the upper crust of the temple priesthood plus wealthy and powerful laymen. Their question was about the resurrection of the dead, which they denied. Jesus’ answer puts them to shame, and they move on. The episode with the Sadducees is not part of Cycle A, this year’s readings.
Checking the news and keeping our eyes open to see what’s happening not only in the world but also to see those around us, both those we know and those we may see only once.
We’ve watched videos of people being carried out of their homes in Liberia by people covered from head to toe in protective clothing to keep them from contracting Ebola, a disease that is desiccating parts of that nation among several others in West Africa. Now, we’re watching as a second heath care worker in Dallas has contracted the disease. People are beginning to realize something like this can happen here.
As the national debate on immigration reform flags and fizzles and seems to be going nowhere in particular, the Diocese of Belleville called together leaders of Hispanic ministry across the diocese Oct. 14 to participate in a discussion of the “present reality” in the diocese and suggest ways to move forward in ministry.
Thirty people participated in the meeting representing all areas of the diocese, including representatives from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Members of the Office of Hispanic Ministry said, according to their research, Hispanics number more than 21,000 in the diocese in 2010, up from 13,000 in 2000.
All life is precious from conception to natural death. So often speakers talk about a culture of life, and that includes caring for a child in the womb, the migrant who must leave his or her country because life is threatened there, the prisoner who finds himself or herself alone and neglected …
Forget ancestry.com. Tracking or even describing family units can be tricky, especially in today’s world. Adults and children are gathered together, but it doesn’t always work out to be a mother, a father, and one or more children. It can be a father with children, a mother with children and more and more often, grandparents with children.