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Faith

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October 6, 2019

The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (Luke 17:6) Faith. Jesus seems to be telling us that we only need a little bit of faith. The size of a mustard… Read More ›

Lord, I Am Yours

In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:33 In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us what we must do if we wish to be his disciples. There are some difficult sayings here. Take up our crosses, he tells us. Renounce our possessions. Hate… 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 ›

Prepare for Jesus

“You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” – Lk 12:40 How does one prepare for the coming of Jesus into our everyday lives? We are not always aware of Jesus’ presence. We try to be, but there are a lot of distractions in… 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 ›

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 ›

Wheat and Weeds

“Let them grow together until harvest…”  – Matthew 13:30 Jesus tells us that the kingdom includes both good and evil. We are both wheat and weeds.  We go to church, not because we are perfect, but because we know we are not perfect and we need God in our lives. We know that we need… Read More ›

Do We Belong to the World?

Jn 15:18-21 “If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you”. – John 15:19 “The world hates you.” Strong words, but they tell us what we need to hear. After… Read More ›

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