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Step up to righteous insanity Jesus' ways and values are thought by many people today to be insane and anyone who seeks to follow the ways and values of the Lord are considered insane as well. Many people today, for…
A covenant of the heart Have you ever watched a child who repeatedly disobeys the rules, despite all warnings and punishments? Isn't it exasperating? God feels the same way about you and me when we ignore his commandments. So, he…
Making good copies Today's first reading explains that Jesus raised the priesthood to a new level -- a higher, holier level -- when he fulfilled the old covenant and ushered in the new. Although the ancient Jewish priesthood is the…
The evil of ignoring others' needs In today’s Gospel story, Jesus walks into a synagogue that's full of men who are anticipating a lively discussion on the day's scriptures. One of them, a man with a withered hand, sees Jesus…
God's encouragement and affirmation If you're serving your family, your church, your employer, your customers, or your friends in any way, God appreciates what you're doing! That's the message of today's first reading. Sometimes, it seems like our kind efforts…
Where is Christ's priesthood today? Jesus is a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. So says today’s first scripture, which quotes what we use for today’s responsorial Psalm. What does this mean? Just who was Melchizedek? Jesus was not…
What are you looking for? Like Jesus did to Simon Peter in this Sunday's Gospel passage, he says to you and to each of us: "What are you looking for?" When you pray, and when you look at a crucifix,…
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