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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Today's story is just that, a story. Jesus is not endorsing any particular theology of the hereafter. He is rather making the point that we should seize all the opportunities for charity and responsibility which come along in our life. We only go around once as the old beer adage used to tell us. Hence we must not so much as grab the glistening beer bottle as pursue all the opportunities to do good that we encounter.

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Once upon a time two girls joined Molly Whoopy's girl's basketball team at Mother Mary High School. They were very good players, but they didn't like to practice hard. One of them became a starter and the other the sixth person. During games they played real hard, but because they didn't practice much and didn't listen to the coach's talks, they made all kinds of mistakes. The coach said to Molly, "maybe we should throw them off the team". Sondra and Sonia, for that was their names, began to campaign to stay on the team. They were cute and funny and charming. They talked to every girl on the team, they tried to charm the coach, they had a party for the team, they gave the other players presents, they even showed up on time for practice, though they didn't practice very hard. They took Molly to the ice cream store at the Mall and bought her a double chocolate malt with whipped cream because they knew Molly was a chocolate freak. Finally, they're said, "Molly, you know, we've been real dweebs, you know, but you know really want to stay on the team." Molly's answer was, "if you had put in as much time and energy in practice as you have on charming everyone, then we'd be in first place. I'm telling the coach you should be 11th and 12th on the team and earn your way back up. They weren't very happy with that decision because, as you know, there are only ten players on team. Molly said to her boyfriend Joe, "Why didn't they work at basketball." And Joe's like "it's easier to buy you a double chocolate malt." And Molly's final comment was, "WELL, it didn't do them any good."

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