SUSCIPE

31Jul

Today we celebrate the memorial of St Ignatius and in honor of hime we reflect on the Spiritual Exercises he developed to discern God's will.  We look at the contemplation of  attaining love.   It isn't about receiving love but giving love in return.  How is one to make a return to the Lord for all he has done?

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STORM SHELTER

31Jul

We reflect on the phrase God is my refuge.  The hebrew word for refuge would be a word we would use for storm shelter or cellar, a place of security during danger, a place that is available, accessible, and near.

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Friend of Jesus

29Jul

Today we celebrate the memorial of Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus, friend of Jesus.  Martha is often seen as a busy body, anxious about many things, but she was also a woman of great faith.  Her faith count rebalanced her anxiety and gave it purpose and meaning. 

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TREASURE

26Jul

We continue to follow Jesus through the parables of the gospel of Matthew.  Jesus outlines the contours of the kingdom of heaven before our very eyes.  What is the treasure he speaks of?  Mor importantly who is the treasure hunter?

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LEMONADE AND SNOCONES

24Jul

THe readings for today use images that are fitting for mid July in south Texas.  God is described as a source of living water,a  fountain of life, streams of delight.  It is certainly good images for the heat of summer.  We reflect on where we get quenched.

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VISION

23Jul

We continue to reflect on the gospel parable of the sower and the seed.  We look at the three soils or dispositions of the heart that are not receptive to the word of God.  We examine the obstacles to God fulfilling his vision for our lives; what keeps us from sharing in the blessed life God wants to give to us.

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DROWNING OUR SINS

23Jul

The prophet Micah tells us that we are God's inheritance.  We belong to him.  He has chosen us as his treasure.  HE proves this by the fact that he, as Micah tells us, "treads underfoot our guilt and cast our sins into the sea."  God drowns our sins with compassion.  We are called to do the same for one another.  

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FIRMNESS OF HOPE

23Jul

We explore Isaiah's message of hope, a message that comes not from his mouth but from his actions as he brings his son out in the middle of besiegement of Jerusalem.  Nothing says hope more than visualizing this prophet holding the small hand of his son an proclaiming the messianic promise of a heir to come.

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SOWING AND GROWING

12Jul

We look at the sower for this week's gospel.  He seems a bit wasteful and reckless.  In fact the initial focus seems to be on the sowing not the reaping.  Could it be that the kingdom is found in the sowing and not the reaping.  How often do we look at the reaping before we get busy sowing?  How often we look at what we are getting before we give? We can learn a lot form the sower's generosity.

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