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Talk to Jesus First

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September 10, 2019

Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:12-19 Many times throughout the gospels, we read about Jesus taking some time away from the crowds to pray. Today’s gospel tells us how Jesus went to be alone and to pray and then chose the Twelve apostles. So I would have to think that if Jesus needs some alone time to… Read More ›

Help Me to Be Humble

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. – Lk 14:11 Jesus invites us to a banquet. Do we accept the invitation? Do we invite others to join us at the banquet? Do we try to do as Jesus does? Or do we expect gifts or… Read More ›

Who is in Charge?

Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” – Mt 19:26 It is hard to let go. It is hard to trust in God and not worry. I am a worrier. I know I am not in charge of the universe, but still I… Read More ›

Blessed Are You Who Believe

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you  by the Lord would be fulfilled.” – Luke 1:45  I would like to think that I have the faith that Mary did. I would like to think that I believe like she believed. More often though, I think I am more like the man… Read More ›

Jesus in Our Midst

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20 This verse is a well-known verse. I wonder if we are aware of it when meeting with others. Do we know that Jesus is with us when gathered in His name? There is… Read More ›

The Cross

August 9, 2019 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24 Every Easter, when I was a child, I would watch King of Kings, a movie about the life of Jesus. Every time I watched it, I would… Read More ›

Listen to Him

August 6, 2019 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. – Lk 9:35-36 Peter, James and John went up the mountain with… Read More ›

Rich in What Matters

“Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.” – Luke 12:21 Treasure. What is treasure to you?  What does it mean to be rich in what matters to God? I ask myself these questions as I ponder this Sunday’s gospel. For me, my… Read More ›

Courage and Truth

August 3, 2019 His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus. (Mt 14:12) Ever faithful to his call, John the Baptist never hesitated in speaking the truth. He condemned Herod’s sin and lost his life.  Do we exhibit the same kind of courage in speaking out… Read More ›

Prophet without Honor

August 2, 2019 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” (Mt 13:57) For years I wrote reflections and gave retreats. I had a loyal following, but most members of my family did not read these… Read More ›

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