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September 7, 2018 - The Risk of Multitasking

Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Lots of studies show that multitasking isn't very good for us.  We don't, actually, think better when we do too many things at once.  We don't, in fact, learn more when we multitask; in fact whatever we think we have learned is harder to remember and more difficult to retrieve.  We don't, actually, get more done when we multitask.  When we pay too much attention to cell phones and Facebook, our IQ points actually drop!

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September 6, 2018 - Recognizing Our Own Foolishness

Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I’m a skeptic at heart, so when I read today’s Gospel reading I can’t help but put myself in Simon’s shoes (or sandals, or whatever).  I imagine having tried for hours to catch fish unsuccessfully and then someone telling me to go out and try again.  I’m sure I would roll my eyes and think of myself as wise enough not to give it another try.  However, Simon doesn’t do that in today's gospel reading.  Instead he seems to foolishly trust in Jesus’ command and casts his nets for another try which results in a bounty that he can hardly handle.  In the end it seems that he would have even been more foolish not to admit the limits of his own wisdom had he chosen to not trust in Jesus’ command.  Its this mentality that I believe Paul is calling us to embrace in the first reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians.  That perhaps there is a connection between foolishness and wisdom rooted in our own flawed human nature. 

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September 5, 2018 - Discerning the Mission

Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

God has a plan for you. It is a plan that only you can carry out. We assume we all know that, but rarely do we state it so plainly. I hope I’m not the first person to ever tell you this. But in case I am, I’m going to repeat myself, God has a plan for you.

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September 4, 2018 - With Justice and Humility

Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the abuse of power – primarily in politics and, sadly, in the Church. Today’s gospel reading (Luke 4:31-37) presents Jesus as having authority and power over an “unclean spirit” to the amazement of the people who witnessed it. Although news of his power and authority spread “everywhere in the surrounding region,” Jesus remained humble; he never abused his power.  I wonder how he felt about having that power. Did it surprise him? Scare him? Was he tempted by it?  Did he feel the weight of responsibility that comes with such power? 

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September 3, 2018 - Being Who We Are Called to Be

Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

How often do we pray, “God-What do you want me to do?” Recently, I have begun to realize that God may be more interested in helping us understand who He wants us to be, so we can then realize what He wants us to do.  Both scripture readings today describe how the Spirit helps us to be filled with God’s power. It is the Spirit within that helps us know who we are, so we can be sent forth to do what God wants.

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