Living the Gospel

Jul
24

Teaching us how to pray

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In today’s reading, we learn that one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus’ reply to this in Luke 11:2-4 is, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins…

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Jul
3

Are you ready and willing to take a challenge this week?

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“At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.” By our baptism we too are appointed disciples and sent out. What does this mean and what must we do? The quote ‘You don’t become…

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Jun
26

no one who sets a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God

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The gospel today shows us what Jesus is looking for from His followers, and it includes some very difficult requirements. Jesus says “no one who sets a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” There are several teachings in the Bible that seem…

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Jun
19

Who is Jesus to me?

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And Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’” He wanted his disciples to acknowledge what other people  were saying. So they gave him the four most popular answers: “Some say John the Baptist” (that was Herod’s  answer);  “others say  Elijah” (that  was very popular because…

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Jun
12

A Better Way to Say Sorry

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A young teacher attending a teacher’s conference listened to the guest speaker rant about how no one was teaching children how to apologize properly these days. Perking up her ears she wrote down the following bullet points: I’m sorry for… This is wrong because… In the future I will… Will…

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Jun
5

The “only son of his mother, and she was a widow”

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The “only son of his mother, and she was a widow”…As you already know, in the time of Jesus a widow who had no close male relative to look after her faced a precarious existence. It’s possible that Mary faced the same fears when Jesus was crucified. As last week’s…

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May
29

Sharing “the food of grace”

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Today I’d like to write for the children of our parish. (Adults you may read to—we are all children of God!). Today Jesus is preaching and teaching to a large crowd. Some brought their sick to Him and He healed them. This went on all day. Finally, as evening was…

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May
22

The Most Holy Trinity

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Christian theology tells us that the words recorded in the Bible speak to us on two levels – the actual translation or meaning of the words and the spiritual meaning, which is hidden to those not filled with the Spirit. With this in mind, we can explain today’s Gospel passage…

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May
15

Pentecost Sunday

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Today is Pentecost Sunday which is the 50th day of the Easter season. We take time this Sunday to celebrate the Holy Spirit’s descent upon Christ’s disciples. The Holy Spirit is a bond of unity for Catholics, a bond started at our Baptism and deepened at our Confirmation. And not…

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May
8

Father I pray that they may be one as we also are one

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Today we hear Jesus praying to the Father, “Father I pray that they may be one as we also are one. Jesus wants as many of his people on earth to join together in love, and with one purpose in mind to understand what He came down on earth to…

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