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May 7, 2018 - Pray, Listen, and Pray Some More

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

In today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and his companions, on their travels through Macedonia, encounter a group of women, including Lydia who is described as ‘a worshiper of God’. While they were speaking with the women Scripture tells us, “Lydia listened and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying." By the power of the Holy Spirit, Lydia was granted the ability to understand God's message through Paul. The passage from the Gospel of John demonstrates that, although the disciples have been with Jesus for three years, they fail to comprehend his message. Jesus warns them of the coming hatred of them. He promises to send ‘The Advocate’ to help them but, despite their 'listening', they do not understand what it means for them. Even through our best human efforts we are incapable of the depth of understanding only granted by the Spirit of God. We can only pray constantly for this unique blessing.

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May 6, 2018 - Because God is Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Readings

My homily today is very simple, because the readings for today's Mass are very simple. John says, “Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love" (1 Jn 4:8).”  

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May 5, 2018 - Helping Others Hear

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

There are some things people say we shouldn’t talk about at the dinner table.  Religion and politics are commonly found on that list.  For many people, I think circumcision might be on that list as well.  It is not a conversation piece that normally accompanies, “Please pass the bread”.  Interestingly enough, in today’s passage from Acts, Timothy is circumcised so that religion can be dinner table conversation.

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May 4, 2018 - Love, Actually

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

Evangelist Billy Graham once said, "Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ." I think he's got it right - I find I'm constantly being converted and I'm never done converting. One of the ways I'm being converted is in how I understand love. I think I'm learning, over a lifetime, what it means to love other people and to be loved by other people and of course, scriptures like the ones we've read today help in that conversion.

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May 3, 2018 - Apostolic Work

Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Scripture Readings

Today in the midst of this Easter season we celebrate the feast of two of the twelve apostles – Philip and James. These apostles experienced Jesus first-hand; they lived alongside him. For us, living so many years after Christ, we might rightly envy their proximity to Jesus. But at the same time, we might also note that being close to Jesus did not always make things as easy for the apostles as we would assume.

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