14th Sunday Ordinary Time [C] July 7, 2019
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14th Sunday Ordinary Time [C] July 7, 2019

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Jesus sends His disciples out like sheep among wolves. Humanly speaking such a mission is utterly reckless. Supernaturally, however, our victory has been won by Jesus, the “Lamb that that slain.” BRINGING PEACE TO A WORLD THAT LACKS IT 14 Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] Today’s Gospel recounts Our Blessed Lord Jesus...

July 6, 2019July 6, 2019by
The Daily Cross (4/11)
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The Daily Cross (4/11)

“Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). Jesus refers to our sufferings as a crossbecause the word “cross” signifies the instrument He used to bring about our salvation. He wants out difficulties to be elevating and sanctifying, not defeating. Think firstof the daily annoyances and...

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] March 3, 2019
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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] March 3, 2019

Matthew 6:39-45 In the Gospel Reading, Jesus offers two maxims for discipleship. First, before a disciple judges anyone else, they must have there own spiritual clarity. Seconda disciple always tests the relationship between their own heart and mouth before undertaking the task of correcting someone else’s problems. Of course, genuine disciples always measure themselves against...

Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] March 26, 2017
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Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] March 26, 2017

John 9:1-41 The Gospel Reading retells the long and dramatic account of Jesus’ healing of a man born blind. Physical maladies are not the wrath of a scorned God. Because we live in the world of change, bad things sometime happen. Our perspective is very different from God’s. If we dared to spend more time...

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Third Sunday of Lent [A] March 19, 2017
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Third Sunday of Lent [A] March 19, 2017

John 4:5-42 In the Gospel Reading Jesus requests something to drink from the Samaritan woman. Then, He offers living water, the heavenly gift of eternal life. WE HAVE HEARD FOR OURSELVES The gripping encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman and the Samaritan villagers is a marvelous description of the faith journey (John 4:5-42). Initially,...

March 21, 2017March 21, 2017by
Becoming Genuine Disciples (9/5)
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Becoming Genuine Disciples (9/5)

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, our Lord Jesus instructs us with these examples to pursue Him deliberately and thoughtfully (Luke 14:28-33). Genuine discipleship never is haphazard or whimsical. Taking the call of Christ to heart and sincerely seeking to follow Him entails real sacrifice. Jesus must...

September 5, 2016September 5, 2016by
23rd Sunday [C] 4 September 2016
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23rd Sunday [C] 4 September 2016

Luke 14:25-35 The Gospel Reading lists the requirements for anyone wishing to be Jesus’ disciple. There is no calculating nor is any compromise permitted. Nothing can compete with God and Jesus is the visibility of the Father. Intentional disciples renounce everything for God’s sake.

August 31, 2016August 31, 2016by
Our Lord’s New Commandment (3/24)
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Our Lord’s New Commandment (3/24)

During the Last Supper, Jesus announces a new commandment. “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). According to our Blessed Lord,...

March 24, 2016March 24, 2016by
Leading Others to Bethlehem (12/7)
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Leading Others to Bethlehem (12/7)

Every day we meet family, friends and colleagues who have lost the sense of what truly is most important. They slink through the day discouraged and confused, struggling to make changes in their lives they might even say they want to happen but do not know how. For them, days are dreary, hope is elusive...

December 7, 2015December 7, 2015by
Acknowledge God (12/5)
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Acknowledge God (12/5)

Mature Christian faith – intentional discipleship – is seen to the degree that we acknowledge God before others. It is crucial to remember that such acknowledgement is almost always more powerful in actions than in words. In light of this truth for daily living, kindly permit me to offer some questions for your prayerful consideration as...

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