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January 12, 2017 - What Does It Mean to be Free?

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

This weekend, we observe a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion of civil freedoms and martyr for that cause, and so this is a fitting time to think about what it means to be free. Today's scriptures help us reflect further on what it means to be free.

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January 11, 2018 - Just Trying to Help

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Somedays I’m 100% on board with God’s plan to bring us all into communion. And then there are the other days.  Those are the times that I question whether God is much smarter than the person who invented the college dormitory (seriously who thought that was a good idea?  Giving young people an overdose of freedom while supervised by their peers.  Yikes!).  The worst rough days are when I hear phrases like “He was just trying to help.”  That phrase is uttered when he not only failed, he actually hindered everything I wanted to do.  And the worst part is that he didn’t mean it.  It is precisely the well intentioned bumble that Jesus was trying to prevent in today’s Gospel.

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January 10, 2018 - Words with Effect

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Our culture in recent years has gone through a transformation on the meaning and use of words.  In our culture as a whole there seems to be this movement where if I see something on TV,  read it or hear it repeated numerous times by the people in authority it becomes the truth.  Or if you have a different ideology then what you have seen or heard is untrue.  It is almost as if in many ways words are losing the power to speak to us. 

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January 9, 2018 - Hannah's Prayer

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Within the first couple of verses of our reading for today in 1 Samuel we encounter Hannah. She is very upset and weeping.

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January 8, 2018 - Living As God's Beloved

The Baptism of the Lord

Scripture Readings

Some of us were baptized as infants and others as adults, but I doubt that anyone of us recalls a booming voice from the heavens telling us that we are beloved when we were baptized.  Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, where the Father announces to all His great love and blessings on Jesus.  As disciples of Jesus we receive this same outpouring at the time of our baptism, and therefore we can live in the knowledge that we are His beloved.  This awareness of our favor in the eyes of God provides us with the courage to go forth into the world not just to share His love, but to bring justice and peace to the world around us.

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