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Setting the World on Fire

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.” – Luke 12:49 What a statement. Sometimes I think we picture Jesus as this feel-good person who is always smiling and always gentle and always peaceful. But when I really think about it, when I see how much… Read More ›

Bringing Light to Others

“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48) Since becoming Catholic, I have felt so blessed. My life has changed in so many ways. And my relationship with God has grown in so many ways. I could never have… Read More ›

Rich in What Matters to God

July 31, 2016 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Then (Jesus) said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Luke 12:15 I have a smart-phone. When I bought it, I felt it was necessary for me to have one. But… Read More ›

The Father Gives Us the Holy Spirit

“If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” – Luke 11:13 It happened three weeks after I had been baptized in the Holy Spirit while at a charismatic prayer group meeting…. Read More ›

Focus My Heart on Jesus

The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. – Luke 10:41-42 I love this gospel reading. It is a popular one with various interpretations and… Read More ›

Love the Lord, Your God

He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) I have often wondered what it means to love God this way. I long to love God this way. But… Read More ›

Written in Heaven

“Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:20 “Your names are written in heaven.” In this gospel, Jesus sends out his missionaries to prepare the way for Him. But he doesn’t just send them out. He gives them specific instructions…. Read More ›

Follow Me

And to another he said, “Follow me.” (Luke 9:59) Where were you when you first heard those words? Do you remember? Do you remember when the Lord first called you and you knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt? I wonder if I first heard those words earlier, when I was just a little… Read More ›

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Jesus said to them, “… who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” – Luke 9:20 Jesus has so many names. Shepherd is one of my favorites. And there is Teacher. Messiah. Savior. Healer. Lord. Friend. So many more. But Jesus did not just ask that question 2000… Read More ›

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.” – Luke 7:47 This Gospel story never ceases to move me. I am so amazed at what love can do. Love can forgive and love can be healed and love can love so intensely that one is willing to… Read More ›

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