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February 3, 2017 - Personal and Communal Savior

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

My wife and I are blessed to be friends with a couple who serve as youth ministers for a non-denominational church community in northern Ohio.  They shared with us the story of a young girl who had been bringing her Catholic friend to their youth group. 

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February 2, 2018 - You Will Be Pierced by the Sword

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Scripture Readings

In today’s gospel, in the midst of Simeon’s prophecy, Mary gets some bad news.  In what should have been a moment every bit as joyful as our tradition of baptizing our children, she hears that she is going to be run through by a sword!  ‘Have a nice day!’

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February 1, 2018 - Be Prepared...But Not How You Think

Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In today’s readings, Solomon and the disciples are being prepared for their new mission.  Solomon will take the throne, and the disciples are heading out two-by-two to preach repentance and to heal.  But the preparation may not seem like what we would expect.  When I am preparing for a new assignment or role in life, I try to acquire the knowledge and equipment I will need to be successful. I spend a little time identifying what I have now, but more time hoarding or getting what I lack.  For instance, when I was preparing for my first backpacking trip, I read a book or two, went to the outfitter store, and learned to read trail maps. When I was becoming a father, I similarly sought out knowledge from family and books, made a registry and bought new furniture to fill the empty bedroom. Are you prepared for the work God has for you? 

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January 31, 2018 - Wise Choices

Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

Scripture Readings

Surely the expression don’t kill the messenger must have in part been inspired by today’s scripture.  David went against the will of the Lord by having the number of men fit for military service counted.  God wanted David to trust that the Lord would provide for the needs of Israel, instead of trying to calculate his options.  While David regretted his sin, his contrition did not preclude that there would be consequences for his actions.  Thus, imagine how David felt when the prophet Gad came to offer him a choice of punishments.  David knew that no matter what choice he made, there would be harsh ramifications both for himself and the community.

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January 30, 2018 - Who is this Jesus?

Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In the passage from Mark that is before us today we encounter a Jesus we don’t hear enough about.

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