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Loving and believing whole-heartedly In our Gospel reading today, Jesus gives us that very familiar commandment to love God with all of our everything, and to love our neighbors as much as we care about ourselves. Loving God and believing…
A foretaste of heavenly love The Book of Tobit tells an interesting story. It was written as a fictional story, like an extended parable, possibly based on true people, to teach piety and morality, especially in marriage. The tale is…
The Holy Spirit's gift of courage Have you ever been tripped or trapped by a challenging question? How did you feel? How do you think Jesus felt when it happened to him? Assuredly, he took it much more calmly than…
The Vineyard of the Holy Spirit As you read today's Gospel story, consider: Who are the tenant farmers today? The vineyard owner is God the Father. The beloved son is Jesus, of course. The farmers, at the time that Jesus…
You are very special to all of the Holy Trinity! You are very special to God. You belong to God -- all of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The reason why it's so important to be baptized in the…
It is much convincing that the early Christians must have developed an honor code from the very beginning of their existence. After all, they were persecuted right from the beginning, before the third day even dawned. The reading for Sirach…
Moving mountains In today's Gospel reading, Jesus curses the fig tree, and within 24 hours it withers up all the way down to its roots. Wouldn't it be great if we could do that to the weeds in our lawns!…
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