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August 9, 2018 - By Heart

Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

A few years ago I had a voice teacher who was helping me learn and memorize a new piece of music. I knew the music, but I found that I would get stuck on the words. She was confident that the words were already in my heart, I just had to relax my mind and allow the words to “bubble up.”  Well, I tried it, and she was right. When I wasn’t thinking so hard about it, the words floated up and I knew them. This is what I think of as knowing something “by heart.”  

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August 8, 2018 - Humility

Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest

Scripture Readings

For many of us, ask for something from another human being is difficult.  We often pride ourselves in not needing help from anyone.  We live in a culture where we should be able to pull ourselves by our own boot straps.  Our success within our culture seems in many ways dependent on our ability to be independent.   This independence has weaknesses of course in that there are often times when we need to help of others just to function.

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August 7, 2018 - To Be Human is to Be Tossed About

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Can you think of a time in your life when you felt tossed about like the disciples in that boat on the sea?

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August 6, 2018 - Jesus - Human & Divine - How Do We Respond?

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Scripture Readings

It is such a difficult concept trying to grasp the idea that Jesus is both human and divine. Today is the feast of the Transfiguration and the readings help us to understand how the disciples saw Jesus as both a prophet/ teacher and Christ /Son of God because of their personal experiences. Do we know Jesus as both human and divine and how does our faith call us to respond to His call?

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August 5, 2018 - Bread for the Body and Bread for the Soul

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

For the next three weeks our gospel reading will be taken from chapter six of John’s gospel. Most of this chapter is the bread of life discourse. It began last week with the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and will end with many disciples ceasing to follow Jesus because his teachings were too hard to follow. In between these two events is sandwiched Jesus’s teaching of him as the “bread of that came down from heaven” and him being the “bread of life.” Since we have three weeks to understand every aspect of this teaching, I would like to explore the “Bread of Life Discourse” in some detail. I would like to keep the more strictly Eucharistic themes for the coming weeks. Today, I want to reflect on the more unconventional interpretations Jesus teaching on the bread of life. 

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