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July 3, 2017 - Graces We Never Dreamed of

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

Scripture Readings

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas, the Apostle. Although St. Thomas is responsible for carrying the Gospel to India and other parts of the East, he is surely best known as 'doubting' Thomas. I have always found a bit unfair that his doubting the Resurrection of Jesus (until his own personal encounter with the Risen Lord) is the most significant fact we know about Thomas. Also, it has most often carried purely negative connotations about the apostle. After all, who among us does not experience doubt? I am deeply grateful for this passage in John's Gospel.

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July 2, 2017 - God is Good, So Must We

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Instead of a customary homily, I am going to share three stories with you. I am basing these stories on today’s first reading, where the goodness shown by strangers bear great and unexpected fruit. In 2 Kings 4:8-16, an influential woman in Shunem showed kindness to the prophet Elisha, who returns the favor by blessing her and her husband with a child they always desired. The reading also shows that in the most mysterious ways, God is good all the time. 

Here are my three stories: 

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July 1, 2017 - Am I Hospitable or just Polite?

Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Am I hospitable?  Do I allow others to welcome me with hospitality?  These were the questions that crossed my mind as I read today’s readings.  I’m going to let my prayer and reflection rest on those questions.

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June 30, 2017 - The Age of Skepticism "Back Then"

Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We live in an age of skepticism, a time where the very idea of God is a humorous to some of the so-called new atheists.  For them, God is just funny idea made up by people.  My students are also skeptical and often tell me that God appears to have done all sorts of miracles back then, but it's different now.  God isn't really at work in today's world, they say.  If God were acting, we'd see something different than we do.

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June 29, 2017 - The Sacrifice of Discipleship, the Reward of Discipleship

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Scripture Readings

Today we celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. These two men are so important to our tradition that their feast is ranked a “solemnity,” the highest designation that the Church has. While both men were instrumental in passing on the Christian faith and leaders of the early Church, they are an unlikely pair, different in many ways and known to have disagreed at one time. Peter is regarded as the first pope, the rock on whom the Church was founded. Paul is known as the Apostle to the Gentiles and the author of most of our New Testament.

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