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Called

Jan
19

“The Word is alive and effective, like a two-edged sword ...” (Heb 4:12).

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Raising the Roof

Jan
18

“They opened up the roof” (Mark 2:3).

Church ceilings get their share of attention from children and others whose eyes wander during services. It seems natural to look up during prayer. Old churches once depicted celestial scenes and hovering angels on the vault to remind us from whence help comes. I recall one church with a broad wood ceiling whose shifting joists went bump, conjuring up angels dropping onto the roof.

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Our Choice

Jan
17

“Harden not your hearts” (Ps 95).

Years ago when I was a first-year religion teacher at a large all-boys high school, a favorite question passed down from older brothers to their siblings as a class-stopping-stump-the-teacher diversion was this one: “Can God make a rock bigger than He can lift?”

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Healed by Love

Jan
16

“Everyone is looking for you” (Mark 1:37).

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Authority

Jan
15

“All were amazed and asked one another,‘What is this?’” (Mark 1:27).

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God Is at Hand

Jan
14

“Come follow me” Mark 1:17).

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Baptism

Jan
13

“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22).

One of the most important contributions of Vatican II was to reaffirm baptism as the primal sacrament, the sign of incorporation into the body of Christ, which is the source of Christian discipleship. Every other sacrament supports this essential identity. We are in union with Christ, and our human growth is informed and guided by a parallel unfolding of the Christ within us.

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John the Baptist's Joy

Jan
12

“My joy is complete” (John 3:30).

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Leper

Jan
11

“He stretched out his hand and touched him” (Luke 5:14).

The flu season has hit with force, sickening thousands and claiming many lives across the country. Health experts focus on prevention — a flu shot, frequent hand washing and common-sense rules about avoiding contact. Modern medicine knows a lot about how contagious disease spreads and we are well to heed its warnings.

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Formed by the Word

Jan
10

“This scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21).

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