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Our Loving God

Many people tend to see the portrayal of God in the Old Testament as of a God is punishing, bestowing his wrath upon all who break his commandments. Our first reading today from Exodus begins with a God who is anger and punishing. He had been speaking with Moses on the mountain. What do the […]

The Cost of Discipleship

“Great crowds were traveling with Jesus.” Maybe they had seen him cure people. Maybe they saw him drive out demons. Maybe they had heard him preach and wanted to hear more. What does it mean to truly follow Jesus? How hard is to follow Jesus? We would like it to be easy but is it? […]

Will Only a Few People be Saved?

Someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” What we all really want to know is how hard is it to be saved? Will my family and friends be saved? Will I will saved? Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord tells us that He comes to “gather nations of every language.” […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

It is no secret that we live in a world with suffering and challenges. We may feel like we are being put to the test in our sufferings. We may fear some of the challenges we face in the world. In today’s gospel, “Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid any longer, little […]

Lord, Teach Us How to Pray

Last Sunday, we heard of Abraham’s hospitality to the Lord. At that point, Abraham did not know it was the Lord. Now (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) the Lord says to Abraham, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave…” The Lord will destroy Sodom and Gomorrah […]

Seeking the Lord

God had called Moses to lead his people from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. Our first reading today (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C) comes just before Moses dies prior to the Israelites entering the promised land. After leading the people out of Egypt, God had instructed the people on how to […]

Do We Understand What It is We Receive?

“In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine” to Abram (who would become known as Abraham). This was ordinary bread and wine. One day Jesus will offer something far greater than ordinary bread and wine. As Jesus speaks to the crowds, his disciples are aware of the people’s needs. So, they […]

A Time of Distress

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C, our first reading continues to come from the Acts of the Apostles. The Acts of the Apostles tells the story of the early church. In chapter 2 the disciples receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They then go out to proclaim the good news. […]

Handing Our Sins to God

There are numerous stories in the Bible. I would consider today’s (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C) gospel of the woman caught in adultery as one that many people remember. You may remember it but how much do you reflect on what our Lord is telling us in this story? The scribes and the Pharisees […]

The 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C

Since I am not preaching this Sunday, rather than offer a “homily” here today, I would like to offer brief thoughts on the meaning behind some of the verses in the readings today (Third Sunday of Lent Year C) , how they relate to other passages in the Bible, and who God is to us. […]