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Gospel Reflection for July 31st, 2016

Posted: Jul 31, 2016 | Category: Gospel Reflection,

In fiscal 2012, lottery sales in the United Statesaveraged approximately $250 per person. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia accounted for that $78 billion in sales. It was in March 2012 that the largest prize to date ($656 million) was split between three winners. While it is clear that many people enjoy playing the lottery recreationally, a question that is often asked is, "What does someone do with all that money?" Of course, that particular problem has not seemed to bother those who play regularly. Indeed, the largest jackpots, far from being a deterrent, end up provoking an even greater number of players, who seem intent on turning a single dollar into a large fortune.

The Gospel this weekend offers a perspective on the material world. While possessions are needed, Jesus says, "One's life does not consist of possessions" (Lk 12:15). This comment by Jesus is not something new to any of us. We have heard this all before. But we also know that there is wisdom in storing up for ourselves. As a matter of fact, saving for the future is an act of personal responsibility. We are constantly told to save for retirement, to have a rainy-day fund, to set aside something for a vacation instead of going into debt to take one. All of these actions are so we don't become overly dependent on the social fabric and cause an undue burden on others.

There is a difference between having a sufficiency and having an excess. When our desire for an excess outstrips our reasonableness and our need, then we are flirting with greed, the very thing that the Gospel warns against. Yes, we may work hard, and save for the future. We may even win the lottery. But when we have more than we need the Lord expects that we use it not just for ourselves but also for others. What we do with the blessings we have makes all the difference.

Gospel Reflection for July 31st, 2016

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Readings for the Week of July 31st, 2016

Posted: Jul 30, 2016 | Category: Readings For the Week,
We have made it easy an convenient for you to read the daily reading in this post. This is great way to keep the spirit of Lent and Holy Week in your life.

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Readings for the Week of July 24th, 2016

Posted: Jul 30, 2016 | Category: Readings For the Week,
We have made it easy an convenient for you to read the daily reading in this post. This is great way to keep the spirit of Lent and Holy Week in your life.

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Question and Answer

Posted: Jul 28, 2016 | Category: Question & Answer,
July 26 is the feast of Joachim and Anna. Who are they and what do we know about them?

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Question and Answer

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Marriage Tip of the Week

Posted: Jul 28, 2016 | Category: Marriage Tips,

Do you or your spouse enjoy cooking? Spend some time preparing a meal together, and make it a date night!

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