In our gospel this week we hear the story of the blind Bartimeaous, who throws away his cloak in total trust, obedience and faith in the Lord. He doesn’t walk away because the cost is too steep (the wealthy man). He doesn’t place conditions for following (James and John). His cloak is all he has, but
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In our gospel today we hear “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask you.” How many times do we approach God in this way? I know I certainly do so repeatedly ‘even though I know better.’ But as Jesus tells us, “we do not know what we are asking.” In other words,
In our gospel this weekend we hear the story of the rich young man who comes to ask Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. He is a good and virtuous person who obeys the commandments, is already generous and appears headed in the right direction. But Jesus tells him he must get rid
This Sunday we finish a series of five weeks of readings from the Letter of St. James. This is a short letter which in many ways is an exhortation to virtuous living and in which James teaches us about faith and it’s connect to works. Works is the fulfillment or activation of our faith. Faith is
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“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” In our gospel this week, the apostles are arguing about who is the greatest among them – pride and ego on full display. Jesus reminds them – and us – of the call and the charge to each
“Get behind me Satan! You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” These harsh words of Jesus to Peter are a stark reminder to us all that it is God’s will and not ours which must always prevail. Peter thinks he has a better plan and so doesn’t listen closely enough to
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Our readings this week speak to us about our response to God’s law. It is not enough that we know His laws for us and agree to obey them. But we must know and embrace His intent, accepting it as our own. His greatest law is to love God and love one another as God loves
As we come to the close of the “Bread of Life discourse” in John’s gospel, we reach a moment of truth – do we accept AND embrace His teachings and His call to us? Even when it is hard? Even when we don’t understand? Even when others may ridicule us? Do we do so with both