How many times have we all said or thought: “I can’t get involved; what will everybody think?” “How is that going to be seen in the community?” And we would be right. The more we take Jesus seriously, the better chance we have not to be popular.
Whenever an urgent need comes up, inevitably someone would say, “We don’t have the money or the volunteers to do that.” The answer is always the same, “Let’s just start doing it, the Lord will provide.” One does not just stay there and expect the Lord to drop it from heaven. One needs to get to work: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find, knock, and it shall be open to you” (Lk 11:9).
We hear a lot about extremes these days. There are programs like “Extreme Adventures” “Extreme Sports” “Extreme make over” for people, for houses, for cars, for gardens, you name it. The example that Jesus gives us in the Gospel can also be labeled “Extreme Love.”
What drives Paul to do what he does? His energy is breathtaking. It’s all about understanding the truth, and once that lights your fire, look out world!
When Jesus tells the disciples, “Shalom!” he means much more than “Peace”. He means prosperity, forgiveness, and wholeness – totally unmerited. That’s why this is Divine Mercy Sunday.
As Jesus writes in the dust, he inscribes a new commandment, one of mercy. We are both encouraged and challenged by this integral facet of God.
Conversion moments can be quiet or momentous, and we have two big ones in today’s readings – Isaiah and Simon Peter. Is there a common thread?
Paul’s amazing letter to the Corinthians features a discussion of gifts that we can take to heart. What charism have you been given? Here’s how to think about that question….
Families are critically important to everyone. We need to widen our understanding of family and seek out those who may be on the edges.
Luke names names as he has John the Baptist announce Jesus’ coming. Why does he do that? It’s all about who to listen to…