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January 19, 2018 - God's Mercy

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

When I read the passages for today, I am reminded of all the times I teach ethics courses and seminars, but then see people shake their heads and tell me, “You’re just being too idealistic.  The ideas of just wages (or abolition of the death penalty, or saying no to premarital sex – fill in the blank) can’t work “IN THE REAL WORLD.”  Even the seemingly smaller things, like responding to someone kindly when they’ve yelled at you, seem an impossibility.

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January 18, 2017 - What is Success?

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Now that we’re back in Ordinary Time, it’s good to reflect on more ordinary topics; today’s readings give us a chance to reflect on what success looks like in different states of life.  The common idea is that success is meeting your own goals, or making a lot of money, or being a popular, influential, or powerful person.  In the first reading, we see David doing what he did on the ranch; using a slingshot to take down the enemy.  It was a Philistine soldier instead of a wolf or lion or bear, but a formidable opponent nevertheless.  David becomes a successful warrior, protecting God’s people from surrounding nations and would-be oppressors.  Success for him was following the call of the Lord, and working with what he had.  It reminds me of the old saying: “God doesn’t call the equipped.  He equips those He calls.”

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January 17, 2018 - Radical Servant

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

Scripture Readings

Serving God faithfully is at the heart of what it means to be a disciple and it demands a we follow the Lord with a deep trust.  This is not always an easy task as our lives are filled with clutter and busyness.  These challenges, along with obstacles that come from people or situations present us with roadblocks. These may be true barriers to moving forward.  However there is another level that lies below the surface and they call us to dig deeper.  The pretenses of today’s scripture stories leave us mystified as to the depth of courage needed to serve the Lord.

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January 16, 2018 - Rules

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

A new semester is just beginning at the University at Dayton. For those of us privileged to teach there, that means we have been hard at work on our syllabi for our courses. Much of the work that goes into a syllabus focuses on the substance of the course—the readings, discussion topics, paper assignments, and so forth. Just as important as the content for a course are the rules set forth in a syllabus that determine such matters as when assignments are due, whether late work will be accepted, and how many absences are allowed.

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January 15, 2018 - On Earth as it is in Heaven—Right Here, Right Now

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture readings

While reflecting on today’s Scripture, I am struck by the contrast between the relationship between God and human beings before and after Jesus. I started wondering what it must have been like to live in Old Testament times before the coming of Christ. The Incarnation of Jesus allows us the opportunity to live  'on earth as it is in heaven' right here and now.

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