Come Follow Me

What happens in the silent spaces of a conversation? What happens in that moment between a call from the outside, and the listener’s response? Today’s Gospel reading, precisely in its simplicity, invites us into that mystery of when Christ called his first disciples, Peter and Andrew. Calling of the Apostles The Italian painter Duccio captures…

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The Two Paths

Today’s readings reveal to us two vastly different paths of life. On one path we find the “seat of the scoffers,” those who watch the scene with cynicism and refuse to participate. On the other, we find those who “delight in the law of the Lord.” How do we distinguish between the two paths? As…

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The Language of Giving Thanks

Have you ever had the experience of giving a gift to someone, yet hearing nothing in response? Or conversely, have you ever received a gift or deed so precious that you found yourself overflowing with gratitude to the giver? Gift Means Relationship Both of these scenarios draw us into the dynamic of gift, praise and…

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Seeking Wisdom and Truth

“I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.”—Wis 7:7 Friends, today I invite you to consider this question: What do you seek? What is the deepest desire of your heart, your mind? If God granted you one gift of your choosing, what would that be? In our readings today, we encounter…

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Death to Self

Jesus, Word of Life, teaching his disciples

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain.  But if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.” –John 12:24 Today’s Gospel reading invites us into the very heart of the Christian faith.  Jesus tells us that unless a grain of wheat “falls to the earth and…

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Martyrs for Christ

Pink blossoms of a tree

“Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”—Matt 10:31 For every person, living in the world means coming to terms with fear. Because our lives are full of uncertainty, we all wrestle with fear, whether we know it or not: fear of death, of poverty, of loss, of suffering. Often throughout…

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Unveiled Before the Lord

Candles on an altar

And all of us, with faces unveiled, seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed… –2 Cor 3:15 Today’s reading from St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians brims over with the imagery of light. Let us take a moment to immerse ourselves in this objective power and beauty of light,…

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Following Christ

Following Jesus

“An hour is coming when those who kill you will think they are offering worship to God.”—John 16:2 Choosing to follow Christ has never been an easy path. Today’s reading from Jesus’ farewell discourse offers a glimpse into the reality of discipleship. In these last hours before His death, Jesus prepares His apostles for the…

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See the Light

A statue of Jesus

“We cannot keep from proclaiming what we have seen and heard.”—Acts 4:20 Friends, during this season of Easter, I invite you to meditate on this simple but rather powerful line from the book of Acts: “We cannot keep from proclaiming what we have seen and heard.”  Etch these words on your heart today, for the…

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