Anyone Who Lives and Believes in Me Will Never Die

Anyone Who Lives and Believes in Me Will Never Die

There are two choices for the first reading for mass today.  One is about love (Jn 4: 7-16) and the other is about weeping (Jer 14: 17-22).  They both apply to the first choice of the gospel reading today, from the gospel of John, when Martha and Mary were mourning for their brother Lazarus who […]

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How Was the Prophet Jeremiah Able to Hear God’s Voice?

How Was the Prophet Jeremiah Able to Hear God’s Voice?

The prophet Jeremiah told us in today’s first reading, that God came to him three times, with specific instructions on what to do. Jeremiah listened and did exactly what He said. But, how did Jeremiah listen? How was the prophet Jeremiah able to hear God’s voice? He initially did what God said, and purchased the […]

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The Lord Appeared to Solomon in a Dream

The Lord Appeared to Solomon in a Dream

“The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.” How many people in today’s world actually pay attention to their dreams? It seems foolish to believe in the mind’s wanderings at night, after all, they are usually just scenes that play out briefly and then are gone like a puff of smoke. When you […]

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Modern Day Weeds in the Wheat

Modern Day Weeds in the Wheat

We’ve all heard the parable in the gospel today about the weeds in the wheat. Some of us can pretty much recite the whole story from memory without even reading it. We are pretty sure that we already know all there is to know about this parable. In a way, we do. It’s so simple […]

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Saint James the Apostle: Treasure in a Clay Jar

Saint James the Apostle: Treasure in a Clay Jar

The reading for mass today begins by saying, “We hold this treasure in earthen vessels.”  That actually fits right in with today’s gospel when the mother of James and John had the audacity to ask Jesus to,”Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in […]

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You Shall Indeed Hear But Not Understand

You Shall Indeed Hear But Not Understand

Jesus was speaking in parables to the crowd in today’s gospel when he said: “This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.”  These words were in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall […]

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Cooperation With God’s Grace

Cooperation With God’s Grace

In the first reading for Mass today, from the book of Jeremiah, the prophet Jeremiah at first did not want to serve God.  He tried to get out of it by saying, “I know not how to speak; I am too young.”  But the Lord answered him, “Say not, I am too young. To whomever […]

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The Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene

The Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene

Whoever thinks the bible is boring and old fashioned, probably hasn’t read very much of the bible. Today’s first reading for Mass from the Song of Songs is pretty racy: “The bride says: On my bed at night I sought him whom my heart loves – I sought him but I did not find him. […]

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Walk Humbly With Your God

Walk Humbly With Your God

“O my people, what have I done to you, or how have I wearied you?  Answer me!”  God sounds just like a best friend with hurt feelings in today’s first reading for Mass, or a parent who feels abandoned by their children.  Parents work and worry and sacrifice for their children their whole lives sometimes, […]

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The Weeds in the Wheat

The Weeds in the Wheat

The parables Jesus taught are timeless.  When he taught the parables, it puzzled everyone who heard them, including his disciples who approached him after the crowds left in today’s gospel.  They asked Jesus to explain the parable about the weeds and the wheat to them, because they didn’t understand what he was talking about either.  […]

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A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break, a Smoldering Wick He Will Not Quench

A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break, a Smoldering Wick He Will Not Quench

At first glance, both of the readings for mass seem very negative.  They are both about men with evil hearts who plot evil against their neighbor for material gain, or against the Lord Jesus because he made the Pharisees look bad in front of others.  They couldn’t control him.  The Pharisees just didn’t understand the […]

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I Desire Mercy Not Sacrifice

I Desire Mercy Not Sacrifice

What is so very obvious in both of today’s readings for Mass, is God’s compassion toward Hezekiah in the first reading, and Christ’s compassion for his disciples in the gospel.  Mercy is actually a better word for both situations, because this is what Jesus said in today’s gospel when the Pharisees accused him of allowing […]

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You Will Find Rest for Yourselves

You Will Find Rest for Yourselves

Aren’t these verses in today’s first reading beautiful? “O Lord, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls.  My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you.” For those of us who are night owls, these verses are especially beautiful.  […]

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No One Knows the Father Except the Son

No One Knows the Father Except the Son

The first reading today, from the book of the prophet Isaiah sounds pretty harsh.  God is upset with the leaders who took over other nations and claimed the land and their people as their own, then plundered their treasures for themselves.  They were so arrogant that God said they boasted exceedingly of their own power […]

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