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Do Not Fear

We often hear of people who believe they know when the world is about to end. They look at what’s happening in the world and say, “the end is near.” People point to the Bible and find images and passages that reinforce their point. This Sunday’s gospel from Mark, Jesus was trying to tell the disciples of things to come. They have been in Jerusalem and seen the beautiful temple built by Herod. As you would imagine, most of these disciples were not familiar with large cities and the grandeur of massive buildings. The Temple was twice the size of the Roman Forum, with huge white stones weighing tons. When viewed from a distance (the Mt. of Olives) the disciples who were sitting with Jesus were impressed. I imagine their reaction must have been much like any of us having seen the inside of our Cathedral, St. John the Divine or perhaps if fortunate enough to see the inside of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome for the first time. They were in awe of the structure; probably thinking that the Temple would last forever.....

Do Not Fear 2018-11-15T23:30:01+00:00

To Serve & Not Be Served

Sometimes we have the idea that if we follow Jesus we are guaranteed to receive a reward. When that happens, we forget that Jesus’ ministry was one of serving others. He gave himself for the sake of others, including suffering for their salvation. In Mark’s Gospel, James and John seized the opportunity to ask for the highest positions of honor in His kingdom, one to sit on His right the other on His Left. Power as the standard of greatness corrupts people. You only have to look at some of our political leaders to see that this is the case. For years, men thought that power belonged to only them. The “Me-Too movement” is changing that and this is good....

To Serve & Not Be Served 2018-10-18T18:07:28+00:00

Becoming a True Servant

Jesus, in this coming Sunday’s Gospel, opens a discussion by wanting to know what His disciples had been talking about the last few miles of their journey. He of course had been in the front leading them, but behind him, He could hear that they were having a rather heated discussion. Now, that everyone was gathered together and sitting down, Jesus desired to know what it was that had caused such a lively and heated discussion. He wanted them to share, so that they could all talk about it together, calmly and rationally. What the disciples and others that followed did not know was that Jesus knew exactly what they had been discussing. He knew it was about personal ambition, about wanting to be the best, about even wanting to be the greatest. What they did not know was that such discussion didn’t bother Jesus at all. In fact, it allowed Jesus the opportunity to help them understand how they could in fact be the best disciple possible....

Becoming a True Servant 2018-09-20T22:57:12+00:00

To Whom Can We Go?

n Sunday’s Gospel we learn of how, after listening to Jesus teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum, many of his disciples found his words difficult to the extent where they could no longer be Jesus’ disciples. You see, Jesus was teaching them about the sacrament of Holy Communion, of eating and drinking his flesh and blood. To many, this was going too far. Such a teaching went beyond sound reasoning and common understanding. However, Jesus was not teaching or advocating that his disciples practice cannibalism. Rather, he was speaking of living in relationship with Him as God’s Holy One who would open the door to the Father. The gospel tells us, that those who were following Christ (disciples), were abandoning Him, so He asks the twelve disciples if they too wished to go away from Him. Peter, being the spokesperson for the other disciples responds, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”....

To Whom Can We Go? 2018-08-24T14:58:22+00:00

Fear of the Unknown

....Fear of the unknown traps us in despair and that’s the situation Jesus placed His disciples in. He wanted them to face that fear in their own lives. He then gives them the cure for that fear. It wasn’t another miracle or sign from heaven. He simply said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid. Those simple words removed their fear.....

Fear of the Unknown 2018-07-25T18:25:08+00:00

The Faith Healer

There are some Biblical texts that refer to the relationship between sickness and sin or between forgiveness and healing. These relationships exist not because God has decided to inflict sickness, but because sickness and sin define everything that is wrong with our world. In other words, they define the mess that God comes to clean up. There are those who believe that God should rid the world of sickness and death, and that belief might make some sense. If God protected everyone who believed in Him, then everyone would believe not out of love, but out of a calculated self-interest. People would believe only so that God would take care of them and their families....

The Faith Healer 2018-07-11T18:30:03+00:00

Keeping Holy The Sabbath

We live in a world whereby it seems that every hour of every day is filled with things that need to be done, however we never seem to have enough time to do it all. How often have you caught yourself wishing for more hours in the day or more days in the week so that you could finally catch up and finish everything that you are supposed to do. Parkinson’s law says, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” So, regardless of how much time you had available you still wouldn’t have enough. This Sunday’s gospel talks about the sabbath. The day the Lord rested from the creation of the world. A day that we are to rest from our labors....

Keeping Holy The Sabbath 2018-05-31T23:35:03+00:00

Committing To Jesus’ Two Great Commandments…

We like the disciples, are called to love each other. When we love each other, we will experience the joy of obeying God. When we love one another, we also allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and grow in us. How it grows will depend on our connection to each other, to God and to His church. The stronger our faith, the more we will do, and it is the things that we do for God and for others that bring glory to God and strengthen the Holy Spirit within us....

Committing To Jesus’ Two Great Commandments… 2018-05-03T23:05:13+00:00

Jesus Can Erase Your Doubts — Just Like He Did for Thomas

In a Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown is talking with Lucy as they walk home on the last day of school. Charlie Brown says to Lucy: “Lucy, I got straight A’s. Isn’t that great!” Lucy in her typical fashion shoots down poor Charlie Brown and says: I don’t believe you Charlie Brown. “Unless you show me your report card, I cannot believe you.” Can you relate to Lucy? Seeing is believing, isn’t it? Most people have to see something before they can believe it. I am sure we have all heard, “don’t believe everything that you hear and only half of what you see.” This is often how we described the apostle Thomas, but is this really accurate?... ...Jesus tells Thomas that he believed because he saw and was convinced. Maybe you have been caught in a downward spiral and things have been slipping in your spiritual life. Maybe you are just waiting for the chance to see some proof. Jesus is with us now by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. He is here waiting for you to turn from your lack of focus and faith to proclaim Him as your Lord and your God. I do not know what it is that you need today but Jesus does. Just as He knew what Thomas needed so long ago. He knows today what you need and He is waiting to meet that need.

Jesus Can Erase Your Doubts — Just Like He Did for Thomas 2018-04-04T15:14:40+00:00

God’s Greatest Gift — Why Question It?

What was the best gift you have ever received? We might have a lot of different ideas about what makes a great gift, but think about it for a moment, what was the greatest gift ever given. Think about a beautifully wrapped package. As you can probably guess by the way it is wrapped, there is a gift inside. Everyone likes to receive a gift. I can’t imagine anyone saying that they don’t enjoy receiving a gift. If someone were to give a package to you and you were asked, give me five dollars, would it be a gift? No, if you to pay for it or do something to receive it, it isn’t a gift. When someone gives you a gift, it doesn’t cost you anything. It doesn’t come with any conditions. All you have to do is accept it. That’s what makes it a gift.... ...What is that gift? It is the gift of eternal life. It is the gift of God and it was given to anyone who wants to receive it. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Whoever –that’s you and I. The greatest gift of all is for you and me.

God’s Greatest Gift — Why Question It? 2018-03-06T17:52:00+00:00