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Jesus and History

Jul
03

"Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?"(Matt 8:25).

The story of the Jesus asleep in the boat during a violent storm at sea has been both a comfort and a challenge to the church in history, How often it must have seemed as if the risen Christ were absent in time of crisis or slumbering through a dark night when faith was at a low ebb. 

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Believe!

Jul
02

"Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe" (John 20:28). 

When the other apostles tell Thomas that they have seen Jesus alive, what he demands is not proof of the resurrection but of the crucifixion.  

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Back to Basics

Jul
01

"If we have died with Christ, we believe than we shall also live with him" (Rom 4:8).

The weeks of Ordinary Time for those in the northern hemisphere occur in the long summer months when life often seems to slow down, to be, literally, quite ordinary.  Yet the liturgy and readings are always rich in basic Christian formation. The more we understand just how natural it is to grow in faith, the more we can use this important time to participate in the patterns of life that shape our identity as Christians. 

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Nothing Is Impossible for God

Jun
29

"Lord, if your wish, you can make me clean" (Matt 8:2).

If there are parallel themes in today's reading and commemoration of the first martyrs of Rome, they focus us on God's paradoxical ways. Jesus' ministry attracts the poor, lepers, cripples, tax collectors and prostitutes. It seems an impossible beginning  for the arrival of the Kingdom of God, and it overturns every expectation for the promised Messiah. 

Abraham cannot keep from laughing when God promises him a son by Sarah. He is 100 years old and she is 90. How can this be?

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Founded on Mercy

Jun
28

"On this rock I will build my church" (Matt 16:16).

Imagine founding an organization and choosing for your first CEO a person who was known for boasting and then folding up in a crisis. Imagine appointing as leader someone who barely understood your purposes and was unprepared for the challenges the company would face after you left him in charge.  

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Discernment

Jun
28

"By their fruits you will know them" (Matt 7:20).

The two images Jesus uses to describe our need for discernment reveal that it is not always easy to know the truth.

A "wolf in sheep's clothing " is known after the damage has been done. How many impressive leaders are later unmasked as frauds who manipulated people, cooked the books, covered their tracks, blamed others for problems until it was evident that they were the problem?

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The Narrow Gate

Jun
26

"Enter through the narrow gate"  (Matt6:13).

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Lord, That I Might See

Jun
25

"As you judge, so you will be judged, the the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you"  (Matt 7:2).

The imagery Jesus quotes in today's Gospel contains a world of wisdom into one of the core questions about human perception. Human beings think they are seeing objectively, but in fact most of us see through a subjective lens that shapes our perceptions to meet our own expectations and needs.  We see what we want to see or what justifies our prejudices.  

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A Power Greater Than Fear

Jun
24

"Even all the hairs on your head are counted, so do not be afraid" (Matt 10:31).

Fear anticipates the worst. Its power is tp seize our imaginations and undermine our determination. Happy is the person who has a purpose that is larger than their own survival. Nothing will stop that person from going forward against any imagined threat. 

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The Heart of God

Jun
22

"Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart" (Matt 11:29).

Today's feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gained liturgical status in the late 17th century, but  it had always existed as a popular devotion for people who wanted more than doctrinal ideas about the divinity and humanity of Christ. 

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