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June 6, 2018 - Called to Holiness

Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Recently I was confronted by someone who said the demands of Christianity are unrealistic.  In reflecting on this line I realize that they are correct.  It is unrealistic to live as a Christian, especially if one wants to remain in and conform to the world.  All this said, “Can we live the holy life to which we are called?”

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June 5, 2018 - God & Loyalty

Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

Scripture Readings

The closing line of the text from Mark today raises very challenging questions for us. Namely, what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God. As to the first question, I am not altogether sure. If we take Caesar to mean the state, then I know we owe the state our taxes so that it can do the things it’s supposed to do like pave our roads, pay firefighters, and provide a safety net. But as Christians do we owe the state more than that? In the US, we might say that as Christians we owe the state loyalty to its founding principles of freedom for all and Today, I want to focus on the second question because I think that is the one that Jesus was probably most interested in.

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June 4, 2018 - We Are Deaf

Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Each of us have our own way of reading the daily Scriptures. I use the Magnificat, a subscription I've held for many years. This little book is my favorite. The prayers speak to me and the reflections invite me to really think and pray. This day, one of the words that turns up repeatedly is 'deaf'. This, I can identify with! There are so many ways I find myself deaf to what Jesus is telling me that my reflection on today's readings had to deal with this.

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June 3, 2018 - You Are What You Eat!

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Scripture Readings

Every so often, I am in total awe at things that connects us to ancient history. The Feast of Corpus Christi is one of those celebrations. The history of this goes as far back as 498 AD. In the early church, Holy Thursday came to be known as Natalis Calicis, or the Birth of the Chalice. However, since the focus of Holy week was on the passion and death of Jesus, the main event of Holy Thursday, the Last Supper at which Jesus gave us his body and blood, did not get the importance it deserved. Into the picture comes St. Juliana of Mount Cornillion, in the late 12thCentury. Her devotion to Blessed Sacrament, a vision she had, and her personal efforts led to a special day being set aside celebrate Corpus Christi. By mid 13thCentury, the Feast of Corpus Christi was an established celebration in the church. On Sept 8, 1264, Pope Urban and IV declared the annual celebration of the Feast of Corpus to be celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. 

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June 2, 2018 - Three Mercies

Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Mercy comes in unexpected ways.  For instance, shortly after my mother-in-law had twins (giving her four kids three and under, not to mention the three older ones!) my mother-in-law requested of the Lord, “God, give me Mercy!”  Not long after she found out she was pregnant again.  They named my sister-in-law Mercy.  Mercy certainly comes in unexpected ways and Jude captures that in today’s first reading.

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