Storing up Treasures in Heaven

The eternal relevance of the scriptures continually blesses us with a lens through which to consider the events and culture of our times. In today’s first reading we encounter Athaliah, a wicked woman, bitter over her own son’s death, setting out to kill off the princes of the royal family. However, Jehosheba, princess and industrious…

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No, We Don’t Do That

Growing up in the Catholic faith tradition, we were blessed with a common spiritual sense, which we were expected to utilize in order to face the world ahead of us. When off base, we would hear, “No, we don’t do that.” Simple, straightforward, black, and white were the guidelines. If we did not understand why,…

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Think of What is Above, and Do Not Be Afraid

Easter Sunday Easter Blessings to all of you! Easter is “our” special day because we are “chosen by God in advance” (Acts 10:41) to “think of what is above, not of what is on earth” (Col. 3:2). On Easter Sunday it all comes together; we rest assured of our eternal life through our faith in…

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Hope and Trust vs. A Great Chasm

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Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:7). Familiar with this message from the prophet Jeremiah, I typically reflect on it from the perspective that my hope and trust should be in the Lord. This is true, but today I noted that the futurist of his times,…

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Who Do You Say that I Am?

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This line in today’s gospel has been resonating with me these past weeks. Next time the day’s pressures trip you into anger, aggression, or sarcasm, imagine Jesus stopping you, gently grasping your arm and saying “But who do you say that I am? (Mark 8:29). Like Peter, do we say “well, uh… ‘you are the…

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Childlike Obedience to Love

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In today’s challenging times, we often feel compelled to act. We want to do something, anything in response to very strange new social requirements. First, we might discuss the latest off-center news with friends who think as we do. Although, it is hardly a discussion. It is usually a quick text to our small group…

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God Is Love and Love is All You Need

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Today’s Gospel clarifies Jesus’ family lineage, all the way from Abraham to David, to the Babylonian exile, to Christ. Interestingly, with fourteen generations between each landmark person or event. In ways, it is hard to relate to all the names in Jesus’ family tree. Yet, this element of the Gospel reassures us that we are…

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Accomplishing The Lord’s Work

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Today’s Alleluia verse reminds us how important we are to God. And that He created us for a specific purpose of His own. I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. (Jn. 15; 16). The more we recognize and appreciate Him, the more we want to…

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Mercy Give Us Grace to Trust

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I always grin when I think about the Apostles getting snarky with one another, especially when James and John’s mom steps in to ask Jesus what His plans are for her boys (not as explicit in St. Mark’s version). We all have a propensity to want to know the future. Why are we doing what…

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Spiritual Poverty

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Today’s Responsorial Psalm can be confusing, even for a believer. Imagine what the non-believer or seeker might think when reading, “Blessed the poor in spirit; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!” Maybe their inner dialogue goes something like this, “well, I was in for inheriting a kingdom, but the poverty part just won’t fly with…

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