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Face Time

Jul
26

To anyone who has, more will be given ..." (Matt 13:13).

What would direct contact with God be like? The Scriptures offer several accounts of encounters between people and God. Adam is said to have spoken with God as they walked in the garden in the cool of the evening. This intimacy reflects a relationship before sin disrupted creation and estranged humanity from its Creator. 

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God's Grandparents

Jul
26

"This is the bread the Lord has given you to eat" (Exod 16:15).

Jesus had grandparents, and we acknowledge Joachim and Anne in today's liturgy. How often did Jesus' family join Mary's parents for meals and overnight visits? What did Jesus learn from his grandparents as he was growing up? These questions remind us of the depth of the Incarnation. God became one of us and shared in every aspect of human development. 

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St. James, Apostle

Jul
24

"We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us" (2 Cor 4:7).

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Don't Be Afraid

Jul
23

"Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the Lord will win for you today" (Exodus 14:16).

The dramatic rescue by God of the Hebrews fleeing the Egyptian army was the founding event of a group of slaves who became a nation. The memory of that liberation became the basis for their Covenant with God and the annual liturgical celebration of Passover. The Hebrews were God's people because God chose them from other nations and called them out of Egypt.  

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The Patience of God

Jul
22

"Though you are master of might, you judge with clemency and with much leniency you govern us" (Wisdom 12:16).

The patience of God is a mystery to those of us who want results. In three parables, Jesus confounds his own disciples and the early church so eager to show success at any cost.

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Passover from Law to Love

Jul
20

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice" (Matt 12:7).

The Law of Moses on observance of the Sabbath had become an absolute rule regardless of circumstances. The Pharisees, always looking to find fault with Jesus, accused his disciples of breaking the sabbath by "harvesting" handfuls of grain to eat as they passed through a field.  Jesus cited an incident where David defended his soldiers for eating the bread of sacrifice when hungry.  His disciples were only applying the same standard. 

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Weary and Burdened

Jul
19

"My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt 11:30).

I have been reading "All the Way to Heaven: the Letters of Dorothy Day." Much in the news these days after Pope Francis mentioned her during his speech to the US Congress as an example of an outstanding American Catholic, Day is also under consideration for canonization for her service to the poor and advocacy for peace. 

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Time and Eternity

Jul
18

"The place where you stand is holy ground" (:Exod 3:6).

One way to enter the story of the burning bush is to imagine that Moses, who exists in time, encounters God, whose all encompassing Being is absolute and timeless.  The burning bush is the interface between history and eternity.. The bush is on fire but not consumed because it is happening in a timeless moment-- the eternal Now in which God us revealed as I AM.  Everything that exists, including the bush, the mountain, Moses, the land of Midian, Egypt, the entire universe, is dependent on I AM. 

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The Cry of the Poor"

Jul
17

"In your great kindness answer me" (Psalm 69).

The story of Moses is the beginning of the story of the rescue of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The God who brought Israel's children there under Joseph is about to make them into the Chosen People with the founding event of the Exodus.  
If there is a discernible motive for God's choice of the Hebrews, it is expressed in the revelation Yahweh makes to Moses from the burning bush.  He has heard the cry of his people, so God will act, for Compassion is God's essence, the divine name. 

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Total Commitment

Jul
16

"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will lose it" (Matt 10:38).

Discipleship is about a relationship with the Risen Christ that is total. By baptism we enter an intimate union with him that encompasses our entire lives, entering our human experience in all its aspects. Our joys and sufferings help us grow to maturity, but grace takes these moments and prepares us to transcend this life as we are bridged in Christ to our divine identity as children of God. 

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