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July 13, 2017 - Prepare for the Journey

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

If you have ever packed yourself or your family for an extended trip you know that there are many things to pack that feel like necessities - those things you just can't imagine leaving home without. But in today's Gospel we are told the opposite. While this feels true for vacation or a business trip, do we approach life this same way? Are there the things we do not leave home without? 

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July 12, 2017 – “Reality”


Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The readings today challenge us to look at our own short comings, yet offer us God’s mercy if we place our trust in Him.  Ultimately, our openness to God’s ability deliver us from evil allows us to be summoned and then sent forth to be disciples.

In the reading from Genesis we find Joseph, who has gone from slave to second in command in Egypt.  As governor, Joseph is confronted with an ironic twist of events.  The very people who sold him into slavery need Joseph’s help desperately.  With their awareness Joseph challenges these men, first by locking them up for three days.  Then by letting all go free except one.  Granting his brothers request of food he sends them forth on the condition they return with their youngest brother. The brothers realize they are reaping what they have sown.  When the reality of truth confronts us, what is our reaction?  Our response may be anger, denial, flight, or integration or some combination of these.  Our reaction is often a metric of our humility.

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July 11, 2017 - We Are Loved, Always

Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

Scripture Readings

As a historian I have been trained to be very careful in making generalizations. Individuals are very particular – living in a very particular time and place -- and so we have to be very careful about using the word “everyone,” as in “everyone is motivated by this” or “everyone has experienced that.” (This is also why historians reject the popular notion that “history repeats itself,” but I will spare you that lecture!)

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July 10, 2017 - Finding Faith in the Letters of our Life

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Above my computer in our study is a photo of the word “FAITH” spelled out in letters from pictures of objects in our everyday world.  When writing this reflection, I was struck by how all of today’s readings speak about faith and our trust in God’s providence and protection. Through both the blessings and challenges of life, we are called to turn to God and believe that He is there leading us back to Him.

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July 9, 2017 - Jesus Teaches Me Three Things

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We may not think too much about this, but everything we know, we act, we think, and we live is learned. Think about a new born infant. Besides breathing, hunger, sleep, wailing, and pooping, the baby knows very little. Many of these behaviors are instinctual. A new born baby has very little intentionality. What the baby learns as he or she grows up depends on the home and society. As a child grows up, he or she learns behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives. Everything we know, act, think, and live today - is learnt. 

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