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The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Word about the Word

In the early 1970s my parents took me to New York to see a musical called “Fiddler on the Roof”. It was a wonderful story about a Jewish family enduring very difficult times. In one of the scenes, the father of the family sings a song called “Tradition”, in which he emphasizes how important it is to remember our roots and where we came from. This week’s readings deal with Faith and Tradition. In our first reading from the book of Wisdom, we are reminded of the Passover story and the faith and courage of the people of God. We are also told to tell the story. If you have ever been to a Passover meal or presentation, you were probably given a little booklet called a Haggadah. This booklet tells the story of Moses. However, the word itself means “the Telling”. This is so that you will tell the story to your children and they will pass it on to their children. It is building tradition and strengthening our Faith. In our second reading, we are told that “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for, the evidence of things unseen”. Where there is faith, there is hope. We can increase our Faith by reading and sharing the stories of the great men and women who sacrificed much so that we today would have a Church and Holy Scriptures to read. Sometimes I think we take it too much for granted and don’t realize the treasures we have in our Catholic Church. Finally, in the Gospel from Luke, our blessed Lord tells us to be awake and alert and ready for the Master's return. We must guard and protect our senses and those of our families as well. It is far too easy to let garbage into our minds, and much more difficult to remove it. So, this week, let us share a story from our Faith. Perhaps learn the story of a Saint and share it with your family. What traditions do you have? Talk about them with your young ones. Let our children not be tradition- less. Pass on this wonderful Faith of ours. Stand strong and be proud of who you are and where you came from…Something to think about…May God richly bless you always…

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