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August 19, 2017 - Without God

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

A favorite gift for people as they get married, buy a house, or start welcoming children into their family is the famous line form today's first reading, "As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15).  As I write this reflection I'm looking at the one that hangs right next to our crucifix in our living room.  It seems so appropriate that both of these hang in our living room, get it 'living' room.  Let me explain.

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August 18, 2017 - God's Gifts Are So Out of My Control!

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

A lot of things happened this week that were beyond my control. My kids started school this week. It was bittersweet - the two oldest are now in first and fourth grade and happily skip off to school without looking back. Me, on the other hand - I'm reminded of how time marches on, and how parenthood is so often about learning to let my kids grow and go. At work, the computer and printer at work both crashed, twice, setting me behind a few days! Students will be in desks in less than a week! I also had some good unexpected events beyond my control - I happened to bump into a couple longtime friends I hadn't seen in a while.

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August 17, 2017 - What's Harder?

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Two very different supernatural events are described in today’s readings.  Joshua recounts how the whole nation of Israel crosses the Jordan River on dry land, despite it being the middle of the flood season.  It’s reminiscent of crossing the Reed Sea, forty years and a generation before, and it stands as a reminder that God is still with the Israelites, present and as powerful as ever. Matthew recounts Jesus’s teaching on forgiveness: our mercy must be limitless, like divine the forgiveness we receive.

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August 16, 2017 – Formed by Process

Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

God’s ways are not our ways, as there is usually deeper process unfolding that is seemingly unrecognizable. In the closing chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, we a get view of the end of Moses life. We have traveled with Children of Israel from Egypt to Promised Land. God’s promise to Moses and Israel is now fulfilled and indeed Moses gets a complete glimpse of the whole of the Promised Land. It is a foretaste which Moses will not enjoy himself as this view is his last. In many ways Moses worked his whole life for this moment and God gives Him some closure by allowing him to see it.

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August 15, 2017 - A Story of Promise and Faith

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture Readings

I recently visited a young couple whose son had been born just about three weeks prior. We had a delightful visit in which I had the great privilege of holding him and jiggling him as he seemed to be considering the possibility of another nap. One of the things that really struck me during our visit was how little I (or perhaps even his parents) knew at about who he is or will be.

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