How many times?

Sunday, Sept. 17, Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 27:30—28:7; Romans 14:7-9; and Matthew 18:21-35 As a sequel to last Sunday’s Gospel reading, rules for fraternal correction within a Christian Community, Matthew adds a question proposed by Peter, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? Why this question at this …

Fraternal Correction

Sunday, Sept. 10, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 33:7-9; Romans 13:8-10; and Matthew 18:15-20 The context of today’s Gospel is the fourth of five great sermons Matthew constructed from traditions about Jesus, with his own command of the Old Testament and the needs of his Christian Community. That community was probably in the city …

Peter’s Fleeting Exaltation

Sunday, Sept. 3, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jeremiah 20:7-9;  Romans 12:1-2, and Matthew 16:21-27. By Father Donald Dilger The gospel reading of this Sunday is the immediate sequel of last Sunday’s Gospel. In that episode Simon Peter publicly professed his faith in Jesus as “the Messiah (Christ), Son of the living God.” In reply, …

Jesus Takes a Poll

Sunday, August 27, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; and Matthew 16:13-20. By Father Donald Dilger Two Sundays ago we encountered the first of three special traditions about Simon Peter, traditions found only in the Gospel of Matthew. That first tradition was Peter’s attempt to walk on water at the invitation of …