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Bring It to Jesus

One of the keys to understanding today’s Gospel reading is to put it into context by considering the first 12 verses of this chapter which tell the story of the death of John the Baptist. John the Baptist had criticized Herod for taking his brother Philip’s wife as his own. Her name was Herodias. John […]

Meeting God in the Silence

It may have been the 12 Step community who came up with the acronym for the word EGO. E-G-O stands for edging God out. I was thinking this week that one of the worst things that we can say or think about another person is “He is just so full of himself” or “She is […]

Living Into the New Creation

Truth be told, probably all of us could identify with the sentiments of St. Paul in the reading from Romans this morning. He says that he doesn’t understand his own actions, that he finds himself doing the very thing that he hates, and the good that he wants to do, he cannot do. Sound familiar? […]

Jesus the Christ, the Savior of the Entire World

I’ll never forget what a visiting monk said to us when he visited our seminary. He said, “You had better make sure that you spend enough time with God, that when a dying person looks up at you and says, ‘Is there really life after death?’ that you are able to answer that question with […]

The Four Disciplines of the Abundant Life

The late Fr. Anthony de Mello, Jesuit priest and spiritual teacher told this story: A Quaker had this sign put on a vacant piece of land next to his home: “This land will be given to anyone who is truly satisfied.” A wealthy farmer, who was riding by, stopped to read the sign and said […]

Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus

One day, three men were walking along and came upon a raging, violent river. They needed to get across to the other side, but had no idea how to do it. The first man prayed to God, “Please, God, give me the strength to cross this river.” Poof! God gave the man big arms and […]

Good Friday

Remember that the Gospel according to John was written much later than the other three Gospels, at least 30 years after the Gospel according to Mark, which was the first one written around 60 AD. During that 30 years, the Church, the community of faith centered in Jesus and worshiping Jesus had time to reflect […]

Hailing Jesus as King Who Reigned from a Cross

Today is Palm Sunday. It supposed to be a day of celebration and praise. We have our palms in our hands as the people did along the road leading into Jerusalem. We echo them in their shouts of praise. Like them, we begin to realize that Jesus is presenting Himself as Messiah, not on a […]

Lord, Make Me a Blessing to Others Today

Jesus once said, “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man,” (meaning He, Jesus), “has nowhere to lay His head.” What Jesus meant by this was that He had no home to return to after His travels. In that sense, our Lord was homeless. However, Jesus did […]

Jesus Actually Spoke to Her, Really?

Sears, formerly Sears and Roebuck Company, has been around a long time. In fact, when I attended UNC-A, I worked at Sears part time pumping gas. They used to have gas pumps right there outside of the Auto Center. It was interesting because it was during the gas shortage where cars would line up for […]