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September 14, 2018 - Look at Me

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Scripture Readings

It is striking how, in today’s first reading, the people are made well after simply looking at the bronze serpent.  Why would simply looking at a sculpture be recorded in our salvation history as the way the people were saved from the wrath of the snakes’ bites?  In the Israelite camp, there were thousands and thousands of people, and there was only 1 bronze snake.  So, to see it, the people would need to seek it out.  The pilgrimage to go and see the snake was a sign of belief, the opposite of their unbelief that caused the snake problem in the first place.  It’s a pretty low-key miracle compared to the quail, water from the rock, walls of water, and ten plagues that the people saw earlier.  God was helping the people understand that they need a two way relationship with God; they need to seek the Lord to be saved.

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September 13, 2018 - Helping Others...Even When They're "Wrong"

Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We live in an intellectual society, with an unprecedented amount of knowledge at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet.  It can seem easy to do a few minutes of searching on know a fair amount about any given subject.  We like that feeling of being right, of ‘knowing.’  As the first reading says, it ‘inflates with pride.’ Catholics are just as attracted to this as anyone, but we have another source of knowledge that is very different; our conscience.  The problem is, we all have one, and they don’t always agree, even when they are “well-formed.”  So what do we do about these disagreements?  Our readings today help answer this question.

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September 12, 2018 - Awareness

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The readings today are challenging on many different levels.  Paul’s letter to the Corinthians on first glance seems to be calling us to a life of celibacy.  Indeed, in this section of Corinthians, Paul suggests, “let even those who have wives, be as though they had none.”  These words were Paul’s opinion based on the reality of the situation as he understood it.

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September 11, 2018 - Called by the Healer

Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Judging from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, things were not going well among the brothers and sisters there. All churches have their disputes and divisions, but the brothers and sisters in Corinth had taken that to another level. They were suing one another in court. Paul is not pleased, and he lets them know it. He calls their behavior a failure. They have forgotten who they are, but he has not. He knows they were once people who engaged in vices of all sorts. They had been cleansed by baptism, but now they had lost their way.

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September 10, 2018 - Jesus Would Act...So Should We

Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

These are trying days for the Catholic Church. Today's readings, especially 1 Corinthians, really hit home in relation to the ongoing sexual abuse we are (again) hearing so much about. We, the people of God, are the Church and one of the most disturbing aspects is the overwhelming powerlessness many of us feel. Powerlessness can leave us feeling so paralyzed it can prevent us from taking action…much like fear. As disciples of Jesus, there is one thing we know for certain. Jesus would take action.

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