Do You Really Love Me?

If Jesus were to ask any one of us, “do you love me?” I’m sure we would all immediately respond with a loud YES, without a second thought. But then, what if Jesus followed that up with a task, demanding of us something that was difficult? What is Christ requiring of us when He asks…

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More Zeal, Less Fear

We are well into the Acts of the Apostles, hearing about the apostles going out and proclaiming the Gospel based on their firsthand experiences with Jesus Christ. They were filled with zeal for the Lord, and unafraid of the authorities, especially after they saw the risen Jesus and saw the wounds in his hands, feet,…

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Believing With or Without Seeing

Saint Lazarus wearing beige color and red cloth

“I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die” This is today’s verse before the Gospel. It is the ultimate assurance from God, that we will be saved if we believe and trust in Him completely. Today’s long gospel narrates the story of…

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Closeup shot of desert sand and sky view

Temptations!! They’re all around us! Just when you go on a diet, all the ads on TV will show nothing but visuals of mouth-watering food! Today is the first Sunday of Lent, a time for fasting and abstinence. Most people I know, myself included, usually give up something for Lent (chocolate and alcohol are common…

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Stand Up for Truth

Closeup shot of people viewing the sunset

In this day and age, it is sometimes difficult to stand up and acknowledge being a Christian. It seems radical forces have taken over the culture, and distorted reality. When one of good moral standing speaks the truth, it is often shouted down or ridiculed, causing one to be “canceled”. In all of today’s readings,…

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Persist Posted By Arlene Braganza

Are you ready to be a martyr? I certainly am not. To be a martyr is to die for the faith, and I’m too chicken-hearted for that. I hope to fall asleep and wake up in Heaven. Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, who was fearless in proclaiming the Word of…

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The Prize

The Prize Posted By Arlene Braganza

Eyes on the prize!! Keep your eyes on the prize! What is the prize, you say? Well, the prize could be different things for different people. For some people, the “prize” might be a goal they’re trying to accomplish. For others, it might be the ideal weight they wish to achieve. Yet others, it might…

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An open bible with jesus family photo under the bookmark

Today’s Gospel reading is very powerful – it talks about the final judgment. Not THE FINAL JUDGMENT which is at the end of the world, but our own final judgment – when we die and come face to face with God. The word “death” is not explicitly mentioned in the Gospel. Rather, St. Luke relates…

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The Faith of Job

A man sitting next to the crucified statue

Today’s first reading and Gospel both remind me of the frailties of the human person, and how completely dependent we are upon the grace of God. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the faith of Job? Here he was, richly blessed with his family and his livestock and many possessions. And in a crazy deal…

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Inside view of church and group of people praying

Today’s Scripture readings have interesting views on wisdom versus foolishness and the dichotomy between these two opposites. St. Paul says, in his letter to the Corinthians, that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Hold Fast to…

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