An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017 Sometimes when I ask one of my children about who they were with or about a classmate at school they answer me with, “You don’t know them.” Apparently, since I do not know him or her personally, I do not need to know … Continue reading Do You Know Him?
I recall the summer of 1980 when I went to stay with my Grandparents for six weeks. They had a 10-unit apartment building on the Intracoastal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a very prominent area of town. My plan was to work for my grandfather painting, doing yardwork and basic upkeep. I had calculated the amount … Continue reading Secret Ambition
When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, "Do you see anything?" Looking … Continue reading Cross Eyed
I haven't been posting as much in the past 2 weeks and there is a good reason why. I am just returning home after 14 days in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, where I gave 29 talks to in the ballpark of a combined 1600 people in 14 parishes. Whew! It was a blessed … Continue reading 14 Days in Calgary
I was reading about all the speculation occurring over Presidential running mates and a vision of a license plate entered into my mind: GOD IS MY CO-PILOT. I am sure you have seen these, although I have to admit they do not seem to be as prevalent today as they were 20 years ago. The … Continue reading You, Me, or Us?
Today's Gospel reading from Matthew includes perhaps the most important question of all time: Jesus asks Peter, and in turn you and me, "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus wasn't interested in hearing what everybody else was saying about him. He wanted to hear from Peter's own mouth, "Who do YOU say that … Continue reading Do You Know Jesus?
So what does Jesus Christ ask of us? What does it mean to be a real disciple? In Matthew 19, a young man with many worldly possessions addresses this question to Jesus himself. The answer given is that one must sell all they have and give the proceeds away to the poor. In Matthew 16, Jesus … Continue reading How Hard is it to be a Disciple of Jesus?
Yesterday, while listening to the Gospel about good, old, doubting Thomas, I thought about how much harder it seems for many in today's world to believe that God is in control. This doesn't mean we are puppets destined to simply live out a predetermined set of life experiences, but it does mean that Jesus remains, … Continue reading Let Our Stewardship Convince the Cynics!
It would seem obvious to us that we need to seek out good and not evil, but unfortunately, our society and the limitations of human nature prove to us otherwise. Today's simple Gospel Acclamation verse reminds us that on the road to good is life and the Lord, the opposite of what is on … Continue reading Seeking Good That Gives Us Life