The Messiness of Family Life

The Messiness of Family Life

Halfway through the first reading for Mass today is a very powerful verse that condenses the meaning of both of the readings for Mass today in such a beautiful way: “Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us.” The reason this sentence condenses the meaning for both of the readings for Mass today, is because the first reading and the gospel are both about families.

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We Do Not Know the Time

We Do Not Know the Time

 “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” We must be prepared. We must live our lives knowing […]

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Peace to Those Who Are Far Off and Peace to Those Who Are Near

Peace to Those Who Are Far Off and Peace to Those Who Are Near

How beautiful the first reading for Mass is today! It makes your heart glow just reading these words in sacred scripture. The words in the bible are not just words printed on paper like any other words, they are living words. The Holy Spirit completely animates these words in sacred scripture today. They are the inspired words of God.

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One’s Life Does Not Consist of Possessions

One’s Life Does Not Consist of Possessions

The first verse of the first reading for Mass today from the book of Ephesians is a little puzzling. It says, “Brothers and sisters: You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air …

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Repay to Caesar What Belongs to Caesar and to God What Belongs to God

Repay to Caesar What Belongs to Caesar and to God What Belongs to God

The Pharisees set a trap for Jesus in today’s gospel, when they said: “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status.”

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Faithful Companions

Faithful Companions

“Behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” This is what Jesus says to His newly appointed disciples prior to sending them out across the landscape to all the places he intends to visit, to spread His teachings and prepare them for His coming and let them know that God is here. Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat it. He let’s his disciples know that it’s going to be tough.

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Beware of the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

Beware of the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

“Brothers and Sisters: In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, who first hoped in Christ.”

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Grace to You and Peace From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

Grace to You and Peace From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

The readings for Mass today are a puzzling contrast. The first reading from Ephesians is beautiful, peaceful, affirming and full of love for Jesus Christ. Saint Paul is completely filled with the Holy Spirit when he wrote these words, and the Spirit still burns brightly in them.

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If We Live in the Spirit Let Us Follow The Spirit

If We Live in the Spirit Let Us Follow The Spirit

In yesterday’s gospel, Jesus was invited to eat dinner with the Pharisees and he ended up insulting them to their face at the dinner table, by calling them fools and telling them that they were filled with plunder and evil inside. Then, he insulted the Pharisees and the scholars of the law to their face in today’s gospel.

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Be the First to Show Respect for Others

Be the First to Show Respect for Others

Did you happen to notice that Jesus called the Pharisees fools in today’s gospel? Jesus was invited to dinner in someone’s home and yet he insulted them to their face, at the dinner table. (Surely that will make the pope cringe today when he reads the gospel.)

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Allegories and Signs in the Scriptures

Allegories and Signs in the Scriptures

The first reading for Mass talks about two allegories and in the gospel today, Jesus talks about a sign. In both instances, the allegories and the sign was simple on the surface, but they were much more complicated in their meaning. That sounds like modern life, doesn’t it? Nothing is ever as simple as it seems at first glance.

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Stop and Enjoy Life a Little While You Can

Stop and Enjoy Life a Little While You Can

All three of the readings for Mass today, and the responsorial psalm as well, have to do with feasting and an abundance of God’s blessings. Our Creator loves His children as only a Father can. How beautiful are the readings for Mass today, because they are saturated in God’s love for His people!

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Blessed Are Those Who Hear the Word of God and Observe It

Blessed Are Those Who Hear the Word of God and Observe It

The readings for Mass today are so short. The one thing that seems to stand out in the first reading and the gospel as well though, is the overall theme of following the rules. The first reading talks the law being a disciplinarian, and then in the gospel today, Jesus responded …

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Every Kingdom Divided Against Itself Will Be Laid Waste

Every Kingdom Divided Against Itself Will Be Laid Waste

“Every Kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” Jesus spoke these words to the crowd in today’s gospel. No wonder the gospel is so long today. These words are so applicable in our modern society too, in many countries, communities, families, marriages, with parents, and in our parishes, but most especially the Catholic church itself.

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Grace is a Gift of the Holy Spirit

Grace is a Gift of the Holy Spirit

It makes you wonder why Saint Paul was declared a saint, after you read his words in today’s first reading for Mass today. “O stupid Galations! … Are you so stupid?” Pope Francis is probably cringing a bit inside as these words are being read at Mass today. Pope Francis’ last tweet was: “Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to speak badly of others, not to criticize, not to gossip, but rather to love everyone.”

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