REKINDLE THE GIFT

27Mar

Yesterday we celebrate the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, in which God becomes flesh, conceived in Mary's womb.  Today we reflect on what day two might had eloped like for her after the angel departed as scripture describes for us in the gospel of Luke.

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FLESH AND BLOOD

25Mar

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  God becomes flesh.  We celebrate the incarnation not at birth but at conception: life begins at conception, yes in deed.  We take a glimpse at the unfolding of God's plan for salvation clothed in an invitation to rejoice.  

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GIVE ME A DRINK AND THEN SOME

22Mar

we reflect on the 3rd sunday of Lent and Jesus encounter with the woman at the well.  The paradigm for God's unfolding of grace in our life is revealed as we follow along the process of transformation for the woman.  All because JEsus took short cut, we have this beautiful story of conversion.  Some shortcuts are worth it.

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MY GOD MY GO DWHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN

18Mar

Here is one part of a lenten mission I currently gave at a local parish.  It is a reflection on two of the last words of Christ: MY God My God why have yo forsaken me and Father, into your hands i commend my spirit. 

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ATTENTION SEEKERS

18Mar

JEsus gives a hard critique to the scribes and pharisees as a teaching tool for his followers.  He mentions the chair of moses, phylacteries and call no one father.  So we visit  this reality briefly and efficiently, I hope.

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MEASURE

18Mar

THe ole carpenter adage works well with today's gospel: measure twice cut once.  Wouldn't it be great if we were this way before we acted or spoke. The measure you give will in return be given to you.  SOunds like a good deal.

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GRACE IS THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL

18Mar

We continue our reflection with a bit of insight into the working of grace in our life.

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WHAT A YEAR

12Mar

We revisit the election of Pope Francis, a year ago he walked out on the balcony of St.  Peter's.  To honor his election we let him guide us to better understand the importance of Lent.  Two things he says are important: greater awareness of the redemptive work of Christ and thus growing in gratitude and living in out our baptism with shock and awe (my synopsis not his).

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FORGIVENESS IS EASY

12Mar

Forgiveness is easy, is it not?  How does St Jose Maria Escriva reflect on forgiveness.

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NO SPIN

10Mar

We encounter what Mother Teresa would call the five finger gospel.  Jesus removes the spin and lays it all on the line.  All the doctrines that we believe to be true and revealed by God comes to a point in today's gospel.

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