Investing in the Kingdom

I never noticed it before. Just before Jesus tells this parable about the nobleman and his servants, the Gospel writer notes: “Jesus was near Jerusalem, and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately.” In fact, Luke seems to imply that it is precisely because of these two factors (Jesus about to…

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Purpose of Prayer

We pray for many people, things, and circumstances, but why do we pray for these needs? Does God not already know them? Do we pray to activate God who might otherwise forget or ignore our needs? Is He unaware of them or their importance to us? No, brothers and sisters, we pray because that is…

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The Gift of Accompaniment

Each morning when I am in prayer, I ask Jesus to accompany me as I go about my day. I often visualize some key items on my agenda, whether it is a meeting I will attend or a task I must accomplish, and I ask Him to walk with me throughout each. Today’s Gospel challenged…

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Passing Through the Eye of the Needle

Most of us have heard that the Eye of the Needle refers to a short and narrow passageway to enter a city gate in Jerusalem. While a man could fit through the passage, if he were coming with his camel, that was another matter. Camels were often loaded with cargo. In order to get through…

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The Power to Persevere

Our world is in chaos. It has been for quite some time, yet we sense it seems to worsen. How do we persevere despite this division and anguish we see all around? Today’s Gospel offers a beautiful glimpse into the heart of God and to the answer to the question above. The passage begins amidst…

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Our Father: The Perfect Prayer

Our Father: The Perfect Prayer

Hundreds, maybe thousands of beautiful and insightful books, homilies, papal addresses, and gospel reflections have been written about the Our Father prayer! The treasures of this prayer are inexhaustible. It is truly the Perfect Prayer. It contains the keys to becoming a Saint! Each line offers a truth so deep, we cannot ever fully mine…

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Love & Obedience

Love & Obedience

“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me, I will love him and reveal myself to him.” – Jn 14: 21 “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” – Jn 14: 23…

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Holy Saturday

Deep Stillness The jeering of the angry crowds The questioning of the authorities The lashing of the scourge The jabbing and shoving of the soldiers The hammering of the nails The sobbing of those witnessing the horror All of it has now passed. There is a deep stillness. Deep quiet and deep stillness. Holy Saturday…

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Approaching God in Prayer

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Let me begin this reflection by asking myself: · How do I approach daily prayer? · What is the content of my prayer? · What is the disposition of my heart? · Is it routine? A task on my schedule? · Or is it love? Let me be honest with myself, and if I find…

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Desire for Greatness

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The desire for greatness – while it sounds like a selfish wish or purely worldly pursuit, it is not. It is a holy desire. Each of us, as a son or daughter of God the Father, is created in His image. So, our DNA is encoded for greatness! To be any less means we are…

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