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Planks and specks in our spiritual vision I used to look at today's Gospel reading and think, "Well, so much for helping others get the specks out of their spiritual vision, because as soon as I want to do that,…
Be bold with your good news! Think of a time when you were in darkness: a sin, for example, or when you felt abandoned by God or your prayers seemed dry and your spiritual gifts seemed covered over. What did…
‘His name is John.’ John’s baptism means good news as it foreshadows Jesus’ birth and his coming. John, the prophet and precursor to Jesus, is strong in spirit and we are told that the hand of the Lord was with…
The sacred, thumping heart of Jesus One day many years ago (in 1988), soon after I began to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Mass, it occurred to me that the Lord was hoping that I would stay for…
Sincere and complete devotion Oh how easy it is to fall prey to what St. Paul talks about in our first reading! Our thoughts do get corrupted by "other gospels" and we do fall away from our sincere and complete…
Reaping richly In our first reading, we're given a very important spiritual principle: What you sow is what you reap. Those who repeatedly sin against us, sowing pain (the key word being "repeatedly"), need to reap pain if they're ever…
The fun of enthusiastic ministry In today's first reading, St. Paul describes what happens when a church community truly works together as a community of love, where people enthusiastically volunteer to help, and where the need for assistance is recognized…
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