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Jan. 19, 2019 - Invited to the Table of Scandalous

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Analytically, there is a lot going on in today's readings.  There is a call, an anointing, a promise, a commission, and then there is this passage: "While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.  Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”   

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Jan. 18, 2019 - What Does It Mean to be Free?

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

This weekend, we observe a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion of civil freedoms and martyr for that cause, and so this is a fitting time to think about what it means to be free. Today's scriptures help us reflect further on what it means to be free.

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Jan. 17, 2019 - Encouragement

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

Scripture Readings

Many of us are lucky enough to have a few friends or acquaintances that always cast a bit of light and levity on any situation.  No matter what they always seem to be smiling.  They see the good in nearly all people, and the usefulness of all kinds of circumstances.  They have a way of analyzing the world and explaining how everything is working out splendidly.  A person like that wrote the Letter to the Hebrews.  The community of Hebrews had a number of members that were struggling in faith.  We don’t know the details, but it seems they were questioning why the persecution of Christians was happening, despite Christ’s Messianic Kingship over all creation.  The Glory of God seemed far off; instead, their suffering God remained close.

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Jan. 16, 2019 - Searching

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There is a Martin Scorsese film called “Silence.”  The movie based on novel of historic-fiction is set in 17th century Japan.  “Silence” captures the journey of two Jesuits to find their spiritual mentor who has gone there as a missionary but seems lost.  I have not seen this movie and it does seem from its descriptions to be both violent and beautiful.  This dangerous journey of these two Jesuits, answers God’s call for them to bring Christ to a country steeped in persecution to anyone who professes belief in Jesus.  Their journey is both brutally physical and deeply spiritual as these men search for both their mentor and God.

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Jan. 14, 2019 - Just for Today

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time 

Scripture Readings

It is two weeks into the New Year. Just about this time, some of us begin to fall away from our New Year's resolutions. It is easy to get discouraged and failing for one or two days can easily lead to falling away completely. Part of this is that our thinking gets in the way. We commit to the entire year and just for having missed a couple days we give up. Why do we not live out our resolutions just for today. After all, that is how God grants us our lives. It's always just for today.

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