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July 3, 2018 - Have We Not Seen

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

Scripture Readings

It’s so easy to think that Thomas was disappointing to Jesus as a disciple. He doubted. He wanted some proof that this figure before him was really the resurrected Christ. We can imagine . . . I should only speak for myself . . . I want to imagine that I would not have been like Thomas. I would have believed. I would not have needed to put my finger in Jesus’ side. Like I said, that’s what I want to believe about myself. Whether or not it would be true is another matter.

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July 2, 2018 - Love or Fear?

Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The subtitle of today's Gospel reading is "Would-be Followers of Jesus".  I can identify with this almost provocative phrase. My journey of following Jesus has had its share interruptions. At times the interruptions have been momentary and other times…well…it's been more ongoing. Reflecting on this, I realize most of my trouble is rooted squarely in fear. I'm afraid of the loss of control, the surrender, the abandonment necessary to genuinely follow Jesus. I get in my own way and make this discipleship thing so much harder than it is meant to be.

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July 1, 2018 - Allying with Jesus

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Every time the first scripture reading for our liturgy it taken from the book of Wisdom, we want to sit back and let the words sink in. This is because Wisdom addresses the deepest longings of the human soul. Right at the outset, though, let me provide a caution. Today’s first reading is an excerpt from Wisdom Chapters 1 & 2. Out of the forty verses that make up these two chapters, only four verses are read today. I strongly recommend, then, that this week we take the time to reflect on Chapters 1 and 2 in their entirety. I am choosing to focus on three thoughts that are contained in our very short reading.  

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June 30, 2018 - Who He Is

Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

When I was in high school we were given a classwork assignment to reflect on a passage of Scripture.  I had gone to Mass nearly every Sunday of my life but I suddenly drew a blank.  I had no idea what to make the subject of my reflection.  I’m not even sure I knew what was or wasn’t in the Bible.  I probably had a dozen Saints run through my head that are after the Biblical period.  Additionally, I had no idea where to find anything.  So I popped open the Bible, chose Luke (because why not), and searched the section headings until something caught my eye.  Like many teenage boys, my search needed to go no further than centurion (I figured I wouldn’t find Gandalf, ninja, or pirate no matter how hard I searched).  Anyway, I found myself reflecting on Luke’s version of today’s Gospel from Matthew, the Healing of the Centurion’s Servant.  Almost 14 years later and I still finding this story rich.

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June 29, 2018 - Liberated

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Scripture Readings

My chains are gone I’ve been set free my God my Savior has rescued me.  And like a flood his mercy rains, unending love amazing grace.  These lyrics to a Chris Tomlin song ran through my head as I read the readings for today.  On more than one occasion I have been with families for extended periods while their loved ones have been shackled by their own illness from which there was no recovery.  One time in particular the situation was sad but both the patient and the family were aware and ready for what I like to call life after life.  When the patient died you could sense the relief.  Although I didn’t sing it out loud my heart sang this Chris Tomlin song.  The patient was free of the body in which she had been chained.

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