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May 12, 2018 - Corrections

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

There are some things that I don’t like.  I don’t like being woken up too quickly, being tailgated, lukewarm coffee, or the feel of cotton balls (yes my wife picks on me about this one).  The thing I probably hate the most, though, is being corrected.  There is nothing worse than the mental gymnastics that take place as I try to dodge the bullet of being, God forbid, wrong.  This is why the first reading is so important to me today.

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May 11, 2018 - A Spiritual Attention Span

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

For many people (myself often included), life happens on a very short-term time scale. My days are cluttered with brief Facebook announcements, quick news tidbits and hurried hellos to friends as I rush to the next activity.  My thoughts and feelings are equally as short-term: how I feel about my life, my appearance, my job, politics, religion and so on are easily affected by a friend's Facebook post, or a sales clerk's mean words, or any number of other short, day-to-day interactions.  I can feel despair if someone doesn't smile at me, wondering all day why they didn't smile, what I did wrong, how I could fix it for next time.  My feelings about these short day-to-day interactions can last a long time, paradoxically.

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May 10, 2018 - It Goes So Fast

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

As the cliché says, our lives are quickly changing.  In the first reading, we see Paul failing to convince his own people that Jesus was the Messiah, and so he moves on to Plan B, the Gentiles.  And in our Gospel, Jesus is once again speaking in cryptic language about his death and resurrection that will happen ‘in a little while.’  

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May 9, 2018 - Entering the Story

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

Good story tellers can have you on the edge of your seat and have you hanging on their every word.  They are so good at emphasizing the right words changing their voice so that they draw us into the story.  There is one more part to it that St. Paul clearly understands, by making the story connect directly into the lives of his audience. 

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May 8, 2018 - Who Are Our Enemies?

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

We live in a time, so we hear almost incessantly, of great divisions. We are divided along party affiliations. We are divided by geographical regions. We are divided by our religious identifications. And it doesn’t help that folks who have stuff to sell—like product brands and news outlets—make the most of such divisions. For them, each division (and with them each identity marker) represents another market niche.

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