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August 15, 2018 - Mary, Untier of Knots and the Mercy of God

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass during the Day

Scripture Readings

On this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can sing with our Holy Mother “…He has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.” (Lk 1:54-55) Mary sings in gratitude and praise for the long awaited Messiah and, on this day, we sing in gratitude and praise for the gift of Mary as well. Though we can never fully comprehend the depth of God’s mercy for us, God’s gift to us in the Blessed Mother is a most splendid expression of the vastness of this mercy. 

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August 14, As Sweet As Honey in Our Mouths

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Scripture Readings

You just have to love the disciples in the text from Matthew today. There they are—the guys who have Jesus’s ear, the inside circle of witnesses to his ministry, the ones among all others he often selects to share a special teaching—and they ask Jesus to tell them who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Of course, I can’t say this with anything like certainty, but I have to believe that they were expecting him to say that they are. I mean, they are his disciples! I wish I could have seen the looks on their faces when, in answer to their question, Jesus calls a child over and tells them that unless they—the disciples—become like children they will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

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August 13, 2018 - Acceptance

Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

This summer I have been reading a lot of books...mostly old favorites and classics everyone reads in high school or college. This has been very enjoyable but they all seem very different now. Of course, having forty more years of life experience has a lot to do with it; there is less imagining and more identification with characters’ emotions, behaviors, and struggles. It struck me how the capacity to accept life on life’s terms (as opposed to my own) powerfully influences the life of all human beings. Life is often much harder than it has to be when we fight to change people or things that are truly outside of our power to control.

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August 12, 2018 - Bread is Flesh

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Of the all the people in your life, is there one person you love the most? Perhaps, there are a few people who love the most. What could you do for them? Are there any limits to what you can do or be for them? Are there words to describe how much you love them? These are emotional questions, are they not? The reason, I begin with these questions is because today we are going to reflect on Jesus’ love. What does Jesus do? What does Jesus give us? What does it say about God’s love? 

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August 11, 2018 - Expectant Faith

Memorial of Saint Clare, virgin

Scripture Readings

Faith is a really big word for us as Christians. It is at the core of the set of beliefs that we call "our faith." How we define it and understand its role in our salvation has been a sticking point between denominations for centuries. Then there is the question of faith in our everyday circumstances and that collides with whether or not we have expectant faith that God can do the miraculous. One could write volumes on "faith", but this is not the space for that. Instead I'd like to offer just one reflection regarding faith and how we can more intentionally pursue the faith of the "just man" as Habakkuk describes it and the faith that the Apostle's lack in today's gospel. I'd like to ponder faith as "the resolute trust that God will fulfill the promises that have been made."

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