Sunday, March 24, 2019

3rd Sunday Lent C '19 - Figs



Using the news of the day, Jesus tells his hearers to produce fruits of repentance. His image of figs reminds us not to get comfortable. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2UUCCFk Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

2nd Sunday Lent C '19 - Comfort



As the Lord is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John, He reminds them of who He is and prepares them for the discomfort of the Cross, but the glory of the Kingdom. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2THvmAm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

1st Sunday Lent C '19 - Temptation



Jesus Christ endures temptation, and provides the model for us. Do we see how our temptations are to selfishness? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2XHeKXQ Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Ash Wednesday C '19 - Melt



As we enter the sacred season of Lent, are we able to let the Lord melt us? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2XHeKXQ Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

8th Sunday C '19 - Blind



Jesus teaches that the blind cannot lead the blind, and that those blinded by their own faults cannot heal others of theirs. Where are we blind? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Vx7Pyd Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

7th Sunday C '19 - Mercy



David is a man after God's own heart, but not because of what he did in sin, but how he treated others with mercy. Christ calls us to mercy and forgiveness, too. Do we see it as strength? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2E4Yjvg Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dominion

Recently, in the Catholic Lectionary for the daily Scripture readings for Mass, we began reading in Genesis. So much could be written about these first few chapters – from creation and intelligent desing (especially as opposed to atheistic evolution), to the dignity of human beings, to the Fall and disgrace of sin. We could discuss the nature of humanity itself – the differences between male and female, and the complementarity of the sexes. We could discuss the whole idea of evolution as the means that God our Creator used to bring about the life we see around us. In this latest reading, however, what struck me is the idea of “dominion”. Twice, the author writes that the Creator gave man dominion over the fish, birds and beasts. First, is a statement of God’s intent, but the second time an extension of God’s blessing. How are we to understand this? After all, in our modern ears, dominion is a bad thing. It seems to be to rule it, to use and discard according to one’s own desires and wishes. It is viewed as an unchecked industrialization and capitalist endeavor. Its extreme opposite is one that leads to seeking to eliminate humanity and a rejection of any authority over creation. We would not leave a single mark on the world. Dominion is in between – it means leaving the world better, both by the wise use of resources and trying to limit waste. We should seek to protect the earth. The root of “Dominion” means to ‘lord’. It implies that to have dominion is a participation in the very action of God in subduing, protecting, and guiding. Dominion does not allow wanton destruction, but rather creativity. It is a form of stewardship, which is to take care of the things that we have been given by the Creator, and to pass them on to our youth. To have dominion is to use wisely. Why might this notion be important? First, it is God’s will that we as human we participate in His continuing creative action. After all, while we hear of how He rested on the seventh day, He did not cease to guide and create. So we are given dominion to aid. We build roads, create technology, grow our food just as examples, to have dominion and subdue. But the other reason is that to participate in the dominion is an acceptance of God’s blessing. If it is God’s will, and His blessing, it is then a sacred duty. It is one that we cannot neglect. Perhaps with this idea, we can seek better ways of environmentalism and green deals.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

6th Sunday C '19 - Trust



Jesus teaches the Beatitudes, which invite us to discern what and who we trust. Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2Iip3hk Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

5th Sunday C '19 - In The Boat



As St. Peter pulls in the miraculous catch of fish, he recognizes who has entered his boat. Do we allow the Lord to enter our boats? Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2RRPVE5 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

4th Sunday C '19 - Love



St. Paul reminds the Corinthians of a more excellent way to live the Christian life than arguing about which charisms are the best. Do we know that love is a choice? Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2G5S0Lg Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, January 27, 2019

3rd Sunday C '19 - Certianty



St. Luke records the Gospel for Theophilus, so that he would have certainty in the teachings he has received. Do we receive them as we ought? Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2UnJ7jx Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

2nd Sunday OT C '19 - Do Whatever He Says



Jesus asks for ordinary water, almost 180 gallons, to be brought. What He does is extraordinary. The Blessed Mother encouraged the servers, and us, to do whatever He asks. Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2TZHDeY Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism of The Lord Sunday C '19 - Baptism



The Lord is baptized, and transforms the waters of the world to cleanse us of sin. Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2SQbeqW Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Epiphany C '19 - Offering



The wise men brought their offerings to the Christ Child, offerings that had both practical and theological use. What do we offer? Readings are found at http://bit.ly/2AvNmlE Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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