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January 14, 2018 - The Cost of Discipleship

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I was watching a show on the Hadron collider, the most expensive scientific experiment ever done. The collider conducts experiments in particle physics to recreate the same condition that existed when the Big Bang occurred. How much do you think has been spent on this experiment? Thus far $ 6 billion has been spent and another 5 billion has been dedicated to it. This makes experiment controversial. Is this experiment really worth it? Should we not be spending this money on other urgent human needs? Particle physicists justify the experiment by saying that the more we discover about the origin of the world the more we can say about ourselves and build a better future. I personally think that it is important that we know about ourselves, but there is another significant question. If our experimentation is only going to tell us about the origin of the world and how the world is held together, how much should we spend for knowing the meaning of life? If we take today’s scripture seriously the most significant question about the meaning of life does not cost us money, but rather, it sets us on a life-long quest.

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January 13, 2018 - Big Changes

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s first reading captures the essentials from Saul’s appointment as king of Israel.  

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January 12, 2017 - What Does It Mean to be Free?

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

This weekend, we observe a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion of civil freedoms and martyr for that cause, and so this is a fitting time to think about what it means to be free. Today's scriptures help us reflect further on what it means to be free.

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January 11, 2018 - Just Trying to Help

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Somedays I’m 100% on board with God’s plan to bring us all into communion. And then there are the other days.  Those are the times that I question whether God is much smarter than the person who invented the college dormitory (seriously who thought that was a good idea?  Giving young people an overdose of freedom while supervised by their peers.  Yikes!).  The worst rough days are when I hear phrases like “He was just trying to help.”  That phrase is uttered when he not only failed, he actually hindered everything I wanted to do.  And the worst part is that he didn’t mean it.  It is precisely the well intentioned bumble that Jesus was trying to prevent in today’s Gospel.

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January 10, 2018 - Words with Effect

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Our culture in recent years has gone through a transformation on the meaning and use of words.  In our culture as a whole there seems to be this movement where if I see something on TV,  read it or hear it repeated numerous times by the people in authority it becomes the truth.  Or if you have a different ideology then what you have seen or heard is untrue.  It is almost as if in many ways words are losing the power to speak to us. 

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