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August 4, 2017 - God's Great Love and Our Loving Response

Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

Scripture Readings

Today's Bible readings might not quite seem connected at first glance. In the Old Testament reading, we see God telling the people how to live a life that includes days of resting on the Sabbath, as well as other important feast days, like the Passover. In the gospel reading, we see Jesus visiting his hometown of Nazareth. Instead of greeting Jesus with joy, his longtime friends and acquaintances wonder how it is that he - a carpenter's son, no less - could have such wisdom of God. In fact, the peoples' lack of faith means that Jesus is unable to do many works of wisdom and might.

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August 3, 2017 - All in the Same Net

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Have you made a dwelling place for the Lord in your life?  Moses does this literally in today’s first reading, after receiving instructions on how to build the Tent of the Lord’s Presence. We have also received instructions telling us how to open our hearts and minds to Jesus.  At each Mass when the gospel is read, we sign our foreheads, mouth, and chest, praying “Jesus be in my mind, Jesus be in my words, Jesus be in my heart.”  Making a place for the Lord (and spending time there) is the beginning of discipleship. 

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August 2, 2017 - Transformation

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Recently, we had a conversation at hospital about the ability of people to change.  What struck me was that most of us felt people could change, while others thought generally people cannot change.   Experiences with people are unable to break free from addiction has shaped this perception of the inability to change.   What I find so profound about this conversation is that we all work for an organization whose main mission is to be change agents for the patients well-being.

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August 1, 2017 - Our Amazing and Perplexing God

Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

The text we have from Exodus today is truly extraordinary. In it, the Lord not only speaks to Moses directly, which in and of itself is an amazing thing. The Lord chooses to reveal who the Lord is to Moses. And, as readers, we are privileged to hear what the Lord has to say. Incredible!

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July 31, 2017 - Christianity, Struggle, Community

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Scripture Readings

Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Ignatius was a soldier in every sense of the word; his first authentic experience of God occurred while recovering from a devastating battle injury. His deep desire to defend and protect the interests of his homeland drove him and allowed him to express his passion. Having said this, he was no saint. Like most of us, he was a human being attracted to things less than 'holy' and God, knowing this, directed his passion and desire toward the glorious work of the Kingdom. Ignatius's story inspires me because it is a perfect example of how God works through our human desires—and human weakness—to accomplish the work of God's Kingdom. I am also inspired by how Ignatius shared his deep personal experiences of God; he realized the power of personal testimony in bringing others to God. But his greatest legacy is the community he gathered together which, to this day, thrives around the world.

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