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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 ›

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 ›

Forgiveness

“and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” – Lk 11:4 My husband and I were once asked to write a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer and present it to our prayer group. We each took sections of it and… Read More ›

The Peace the World Cannot Give

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. – Jn 14:27 Peace.  The kind of peace that only Jesus can give. It is not the peace of sitting in silence or feeling… Read More ›

Blessed Are We

God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. That is certainly brought home to us when we read the Beatitudes. I mean, Blessed are you who are poor … Really? In the secular world, we tend to measure success by wealth, awards, fame, possessions. In Jesus’ mind and thoughts and words, it is quite different. I have to… Read More ›

Are We Aware?

And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. – Lk 4:24 I heard new things in this gospel reading today. And it led to a lot of questions. Do we take others for granted? Do we take our co-workers and family members for granted? Do we… Read More ›

God Visits His People

Jesus went to the synagogue on the sabbath and and he stood up to read. “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind …” – Lk 4:18 Jesus tells the people in the synagogue that this scripture has been fulfilled in their hearing. That God has come to… Read More ›

Baptism of Jesus

And the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” – Lk 3:22 The Holy Spirit says to Jesus “… with You I am well pleased.” Does the Holy Spirit say the same to us?… Read More ›

Jesus Holds Us Up

August 13, 2017 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” – Matthew 14:30 Peter takes a chance, he steps out in faith, and his doubts and fears get in the way. Doesn’t that happen to… Read More ›

Shining Like the Sun

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” – Matthew 13:43 This reminds me of a conversion kind of experience Thomas Merton wrote about in “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander.” He was standing at an intersection in Louisville, Kentucky and suddenly felt like… Read More ›

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