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January 17, 2018 - Radical Servant

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

Scripture Readings

Serving God faithfully is at the heart of what it means to be a disciple and it demands a we follow the Lord with a deep trust.  This is not always an easy task as our lives are filled with clutter and busyness.  These challenges, along with obstacles that come from people or situations present us with roadblocks. These may be true barriers to moving forward.  However there is another level that lies below the surface and they call us to dig deeper.  The pretenses of today’s scripture stories leave us mystified as to the depth of courage needed to serve the Lord.

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January 16, 2018 - Rules

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

A new semester is just beginning at the University at Dayton. For those of us privileged to teach there, that means we have been hard at work on our syllabi for our courses. Much of the work that goes into a syllabus focuses on the substance of the course—the readings, discussion topics, paper assignments, and so forth. Just as important as the content for a course are the rules set forth in a syllabus that determine such matters as when assignments are due, whether late work will be accepted, and how many absences are allowed.

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January 15, 2018 - On Earth as it is in Heaven—Right Here, Right Now

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture readings

While reflecting on today’s Scripture, I am struck by the contrast between the relationship between God and human beings before and after Jesus. I started wondering what it must have been like to live in Old Testament times before the coming of Christ. The Incarnation of Jesus allows us the opportunity to live  'on earth as it is in heaven' right here and now.

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January 14, 2018 - The Cost of Discipleship

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I was watching a show on the Hadron collider, the most expensive scientific experiment ever done. The collider conducts experiments in particle physics to recreate the same condition that existed when the Big Bang occurred. How much do you think has been spent on this experiment? Thus far $ 6 billion has been spent and another 5 billion has been dedicated to it. This makes experiment controversial. Is this experiment really worth it? Should we not be spending this money on other urgent human needs? Particle physicists justify the experiment by saying that the more we discover about the origin of the world the more we can say about ourselves and build a better future. I personally think that it is important that we know about ourselves, but there is another significant question. If our experimentation is only going to tell us about the origin of the world and how the world is held together, how much should we spend for knowing the meaning of life? If we take today’s scripture seriously the most significant question about the meaning of life does not cost us money, but rather, it sets us on a life-long quest.

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January 13, 2018 - Big Changes

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s first reading captures the essentials from Saul’s appointment as king of Israel.  

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