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October 2017

Reflections on the
Sunday Mass Gospel Readings
for this month.

Gospel Reflections
by Fr. Bill LaGrand, M.A.
Sts. Peter & Paul ECC+USA
St. Louis, Missouri


October 1, 2017 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the messages from today’s Gospel is that faith without corresponding actions is empty and of little value. Does our faith inform our actions?
(Matthew 21: 28-32)

October 8, 2017 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This story is not about the replacement of the Jews with the gentiles. It is about true discipleship which is not about being chosen or saying the right things; rather, it is about bearing good fruit
at the proper time.
(Matthew 21: 33-43)

October 15, 2017 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The wedding feast represents God’s offer of salvation. Some refuse outright. Others are invited and respond. One does not have a wedding garment and is cast outside. God requires a fitting response (wedding garment). Salvation is free, but not cheap.
(Matthew 22: 1-14)

October 22, 2017 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

How are we to relate to God? Our external actions should be consistent with our internal beliefs. This can require us to step out of our personal comfort zones.
(Matthew 22: 15-21)

October 29, 2017 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our faith must lead to action. We demonstrate our love for God by our love for and actions toward our neighbor. As we are taught in the Gospel of John, how can we claim to love a God we cannot see and not love our brother whom we can see?
(Matthew 22: 34-40)