What reminder have you used to make sure you wash your hands for 20 seconds? I've been using a verity of things, counting to 20, and singing happy birthday to myself twice. I've heard other things last about 20 seconds. Whatever we do, all of us are taking extra precautions to keep ourselves safe and … Continue reading The Serpent and Jesus on the Cross
I was listening to the bishop this morning at his daily mass. He preached the readings, and he spoke about how God responds to us when we sin and don’t do what we are supposed to do. He made the comparison to parents whose child does something wrong. They may be mad at them, but … Continue reading God’s Response to our Sin
We are socially distancing from each other right now. We need to keep six feet away from each other and other precautions to keep us safe. However, we may feel that we are distanced in more ways than just being six feet away from everyone. We may feel a distance from close friends who we … Continue reading God Draws Close to Us.
I went to visit my Grandpa last week and spent some time with him. However, because of the Coronavirus, I was limited in being able to see him while I was up there. At the same time, I wasn't able to see two of my sets of Aunts and Uncles because they were either unavailable … Continue reading Loving God and Neighbor During this Crisis
As a part of my preparation for the priesthood I am doing the 33 days to morning glory. In the third week the author, Fr. Michael Gaitley, quoted a letter St. Therese of Calcutta, or Mother Theresa, wrote to her sisters after being inspired by St. John Paul II. She focused on the words from … Continue reading I thirst
Every Friday morning I pray with Psalm 51 the psalm we just heard recited at Mass this morning. What I particularly enjoy about the psalms is that they can and do relate to our lives. When we pray the Psalms we are not only reading words from a page. However we are coming in … Continue reading The Psalms and our Lives
Jesus asked his disciples today "who do people say that I am?" followed by a more direct question of "But who do you say that I am?" Depending on which version of the story we know that Peter responds with faith in Jesus as God and as Messiah or the Christ. We can pose the … Continue reading How Do we Approach God in Prayer?
In this mornings Mass, we hear a letter to two Churches again in present-day Turkey. First John writes to the Church in Sardis. What we know about this Church is that it was a great city, that of wealth and well being. There was a present Church in that city, but John's challenge to the … Continue reading Churches in Sardis and Laodicea
In our daily Mass readings we begin to hear from the book of Revelation. We all know Revelation is an Apocalypse, which simply means uncovering. We typically think of Apocalypse as the end of the world, as great destruction, the coming of Christ, the Judgement and other things but Revelation has some elements that may … Continue reading Revelation Apocalypse or Series of Letters
This morning we heard an interesting Gospel of how these little children asked people to do things but they didn't do it. What I'm reminded of is Tolkien (yes Lord of the Rings made my homily!) and how he focused on the small characters, making them key players in the story. For example, the hobbits … Continue reading The small ways God speaks to us