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August 4, 2018 - Prophets

Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

Scripture Readings

I used to get together with a good friend of mine frequently.  We would have a good time shooting the breeze, and one of us would suggest a far-fetched idea of some kind.  To which the other would reply, “You are crazy.”  And the only acceptable response to that was, “I might be crazy, but I’m not wrong.”  Those are the words I hear from Jeremiah today and that is the reality that got John the Baptist in trouble.  They were prophets and that is their life.  But we too are Baptized prophet.  We have a prophetic role to fill and these readings help us glean an insight into what that means for our lives.

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August 3, 2018 - The Grace to Hear Hard Things

Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I got a call this week from an old friend who is greatly concerned about another mutual friend of ours.  His behavior's been a bit strange lately, and he's been shutting people out of his life.  "I've tried talking to him about some of the problems, but he just runs away.  What should I do?" my friend asked.

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August 2, 2018 - What Am I Supposed to Do?

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

As we sit with the Word today, I am wondering, ‘what am I supposed to do?’  I’m confused; In the first reading, Jeremiah hears the Lord describing Israel (and us) as a lump of clay that hasn’t turned out right.  The potter can remake it.  We’ve all heard we are clay and God is the divine potter.  So, as clay, what I am supposed to do besides sit here all wet and slippery?  In the gospel, we members of the Kingdom are like all the sea creatures caught in a net.  The fisherman will separate the good from the bad, just like the angels will at the end of the age.  What am I supposed to do, because get caught in a net?

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August 1, 2018 - Treasuring Pearls

Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

Blessings come in many forms.  It is not always easy to recognize them and beyond that we may appreciate the gift these blessings are for us.  In discovering the Word, Jeremiah states, “I devoured them,” and that “they became my joy and the happiness in my heart.”  Many of us know the hunger we feel in our lives as if something is missing.  Like Jeremiah, we may have even discovered that the Word, and the Sacraments feed us.  Yet even as we are given holy food our hunger can never be completely fulfilled.  As Augustine stated, “Our hearts are restless, until they rest in You O Lord.”

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July 31, 2018 - Lesson from a Garden

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Scripture Readings

Ten years ago this summer, we bought our home from an aging couple who did not want to leave it. They had lived in it for decades, and it was here that they had raised their two daughters. They clearly put a lot of love and hard work into the home. Along the way, they added a small study to one end of the house. Later they expanded the kitchen to include a sitting area. They poured a lot of love and work into the yard too. They added a patio out back and nurtured many perennial flowers and other plants in the large flower beds they created. As they moved into their retirement years, taking care of the house and especially those big flower beds became too much for them. It was time to sell.

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