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June 13, 2017 - Of the World

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

Jesus is so wonderfully matter-of-fact when he addresses the disciples in today’s Gospel passage. He is not telling them that they can be the salt of the earth or they can be the light of the world. He is not saying that they could fulfill their potential or that they should set “salt and light” as personal goals. Instead, he is announcing to them that they are the salt of the earth, that they are the light of the world.

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June 12, 2017 - What does it mean to be “Blessed”?

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

How often have you heard someone say, “I am so blessed”? What exactly does that mean? In many instances, the individual making this comment is referring to an experience or situation in his of her life that brings them joy.  In today’s reading Jesus describes the various qualities of a disciple who is “blessed”, but some of these actions do not seem to be sources of happiness (those who mourn or those who are persecuted.). The word “blessed” takes on a much richer meaning when Jesus directs His followers. 

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June 11, 2017 - Our God is an Awesome God

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Scripture Readings

The television show that entertains me during my workouts is The Little Big Shots. Hosted by Steve Harvey, the show is about kids who have unique or extraordinary abilities, and kids who Facebook or Youtube posts have gone viral. Some of these posts have a million or more views. The other day, Steve Harvey asked a three year old if she knew how how many views her post has received. She said, “a hundred.” She had in fact received five million views. When Mr. Harvey told the little girl the real numbers, she was expressionless. She simply could not comprehend the magnitude of that number. She knew it was a lot more than hundred, but she simply could not warp her mind around five million. Let me give you an adult example. There are times when we stand before something marvelous - the Grand Canyon, Mt. Everest, the Niagara Falls - and the sheer awesomeness consumes us. It is as if we get it, but we don’t get it. This is what God is like. When we stand before God, we are like that three-year-old who knew she was dealing with something big, but could not comprehend the magnitude. We get it, but we don’t get it. There is a word for it. It is called mystery! This is what we mean when we say that the Trinity is a mystery. 

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June 10, 2017 - Trusting Tithing

Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Several years ago, I spoke with a co-worker about tithing.  While I was coming from a Catholic background she was coming from a non-denominational one.  I didn’t know the statistics for how much the average Catholic gives or if the Church had an official recommendation for tithing.  My understandings were rudimentary at best.  When she shared her experiencing of tithing I was floored.

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June 9, 2017 - "... And They All Lived Happily Ever After"

Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today's first reading (make sure you read it before you go further), may make you chuckle. The reading comes with the caveat, "Do not try this at home." Really, fish gall may not be the best treatment for cataract. Also, do not try to peal of cataract off someone's eyes with two hands. Of course, we are mature readers. We know enough to say that the moral of the story is not providing treatment for cataract. The moral of the story is: Life is life, but at the end there is always redemption. 

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