Evidence?

In this week’s Sunday Scriptures, the Church gives us a few perspectives to think about. In the letter from St. James, he asks, “What good is it if someone has faith but does not have works?” Can we say go in peace and eat well to a person who has no food or shelter? Can we say, “Have a  nice […]

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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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O, the door!

Counting down the final days to Christmas with all of the rush and worry (is your shopping done? Cookies made?) can make us a little frantic and disconnected. Here is a thought for you if you have the time. Paraclete Press sent me a reflection yesterday about the O Antiphons. If you don’t know much about them there is a […]

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The Amazing Catch

What’s for breakfast? This week’s Gospel is one of my favorite stories about Jesus in the Bible.  One reason is obvious.  Jesus rose from the dead and appears to the Apostles and disciples numerous times proving that he definitely has risen. Talking to kids and teens at classes this week, I talked about what this story says to me about […]

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My little dove

The dove of peace I hold in my hands… Today, on the Feast of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace, Fr. Browning read the first Eucharistic Prayer as I knelt during Mass.  In it, he said, “he took it in his holy and venerable hands.”  Jesus blessed and broke the bread.  Jesus took the bread in […]

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