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April 20, 2018 - Ananias

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

A poster about discernment in my parish growing up read, “there aren’t always trumpets and burning bushes.” A friend of mine speaks of spiritual two by fours as those moments where God communicates what you are being called to take on in His plan with such unexpected certainty and clarity you feel as if you have smacked in the face by a long plank of wood. These are few and far between in my experience.

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April 19, 2018 - Following Philip's Example

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

The New Testament reading about Philip’s encounter with the eunuch is a story that we can all relate to. In this reading there are four important parts: First, Philip is nudged by the Holy Spirit to go and share his faith. Then Philip listens to this nudging and approaches the man. Philip shares all that he knows and believes. Finally, both Philip and the eunuch’s lives were changed by this encounter. 

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April 18, 2018 - Sorrow to Joy

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

Losing someone you love is difficult at best even if it might have been expected.  Everyone grieves differently and that is okay.  Occasionally,  in both the person dying and in their family there is a level of what almost seems unusual acceptance.  Faith often is the reason for their peace.  I have seen dying patients look up as if they were seeing heaven and reach their open arms to the heavens.  It is as if, like Stephen, these people could see Christ welcoming them home.  For those left behind there is still a process of letting go.  We may not feel it, but these times are when the Lord is trying even harder to remind us of his desire to feed us and lead us to from death to new life.

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April 17, 2018 - Who is Jesus? Where is Jesus?

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

The crowd in the passage from John has a very short memory, makes a lot of demands, and understands little about Jesus. Just sixteen verses ago, they witnessed Jesus turn five small loaves and two fishes into enough food to feed five thousand people. Yet here, they dare to ask Jesus what sign he will give them so that they may believe him. Rather presumptuously, they even tell Jesus what sort of sign they’d like to see. How about some manna from heaven? Couldn’t Jesus give them a sign like Moses delivered to the Israelites in the desert? And if he did, why then maybe they would believe. Poor Jesus! How many signs do they need? When will they get it?

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April 15, 2018 - Being "Saints Next Door"

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

I have always wondered about today’s first reading. The story tells about St. Stephen and how his face “was like the face of an angel.”  What was it about Stephen that made his appearance so striking? As disciples we are also called to follow Jesus, so that when people see us the grace of God shines through for all to see.

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