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Why do you have faith in Jesus? Why do you have faith in Jesus? Early in his ministry, Jesus said: "By their fruits you will know them" (see Matt. 7:16-20). As he drew near to Calvary, he said, "By the…
Embraced by your Father's approval "Who do you think you are?" Has anyone ever said that to you? In today's Gospel passage, Jesus was confronted with this same implied accusation of being arrogant and false. It was asked by people…
Increasing your courage In the Gospel today, Mary has a very difficult decision to make. According to her society's rules, when a woman gets pregnant outside of marriage, she could be stoned to death for her blatant disregard of the…
What are you complaining about? In today's Gospel passage, Jesus makes it plainly clear that he is God. Ironically, some of the Jews to whom he was explaining himself did not get his point, despite hearing Jesus come right out…
Protected by God's mercy Have you ever been accused unmercifully? Whether we have been rightly reprimanded (like the woman found in adultery in today’s Gospel reading) or falsely accused (like Susanna in the first reading), we feel terribly invalidated when…
Do you feel troubled? In our desire to trust God and follow Jesus wherever he leads us, it's not a sin to feel troubled about it. Yes, we do have to be willing to lose our lives (i.e., our own…
Mistreatment and holy vengeance Whenever we feel disbelieved, misunderstood or falsely accused, we can find comfort in knowing that Jesus suffered the same mistreatment, as we see in today's Gospel reading (and which was foreshadowed in today's first reading). The…
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