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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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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