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To The Brim

From water to wine! The Wedding at Cana tells us a story of a miracle where Jesus transforms water into wine. These wedding celebrations lasted for days especially since travel could take so long. No cell phones or email for these relatives! Mary, Jesus’ mother, sees that they are running out of wine and tells Jesus to fix the problem. Moms seem to be aware of everyone’s needs and want to help. Jesus knew that if he helped this would make his mission known. People would know that he could perform a miracle. Things would change. He tells Mary that it’s not the right time. It’s not that he couldn’t or even didn’t want to. Scripture only says he thinks it’s not the right time! Mary just tells the waiters to do whatever Jesus tells them. It’s one of the reasons we know that we can go to Mary for help. She will take our concerns to Jesus. We just need to “Do whatever He tells you.” These stone jars could hold 20-30 gallons! “Fill the jars with water.”So they filled them to the brim. John 2:7 Notice that Jesus not only transforms water to wine, John tells us that the jars were filled to the brim! The waiters did exactly what Jesus said. The headwaiter knew that everyone served the best wine at the beginning of an event, before you were too tipsy to notice the difference! The headwaiter asks the bridegroom why he kept the best […]

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Who’s number 1?

Who’s number one in your life? …love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength…He is One and there is no other than he. It’s a tall order. It requires you to be ‘all in.’ Don’t hold back. And if you try with all your might, you might be able to […]

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Poor Rich Guy

The man in Sunday’s Gospel from Mark on 10/21/18 asks Jesus what more he needs to do. Hasn’t he done enough? He’s followed all the Commandments. He’s taken care of his parents. He’s a good person. What more does he need to do to get into heaven? Jesus surprises him with his answer. This man has not done enough. Give […]

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Get up and eat!

The Scripture Readings for August 5 start with grumbling. Why are we so unsatisfied? The Lord provides the Israelites with the bread from heaven, manna. They get their fill and no more. Not starving, but not happy? Our 2nd Reading from Ephesians asks, “What are you thinking?” Are we thinking like Jesus? Put away your old self. You are made new in Christ! We need to start acting like it. How do I get ‘Donna 2.0’? Or maybe I’m at actually 127.0! What matters is to keep trying and making progress. Jesus reminds us in the Gospel from John that it was God who gave the manna. Moses couldn’t do it himself. Jesus promises to give us the bread of life. A bread that gives life to the world. We will always be unsatisfied with the bread we eat. We will be hungry again tomorrow! But Jesus said he was the Bread of Life. If we go to him, we will not be hungry or thirsty again. Are you satisfied? EX 16:2-4, 12-15 EPH 4:17, 20-24 August 5, 2018 Readings    

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The Thorn is Grace?

In the Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul laments the thorn in his side (2 Corinthians 12:1-10). There is a lot of speculation about what, or who, the thorn could be. Even though Paul didn’t like it, this ‘thorn’ kept him grounded! He begged the Lord 3 times to take it away, but God didn’t do it. The Lord just […]

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