The thought I had as I read the Gospel for today, August 26, was that we often hide behind laws, traditions, customs and ancient ways in order to justify our decisions and the actions we take. We use the laws to justify our actions when it is in our personal best interest to do so. We are afraid even when we know the truth because sometimes the truth asks us to look at things from a different angle, to step away from what has always made us comfortable. Continue reading →
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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
The Sister in my local community, Joan, put up a bird feeder in our backyard to attract goldfinches. It’s a special bird feeder built to resist the thieving neighborhood squirrels who defy gravity in their quest for food. Continue reading →
We celebrated Dominic’s feast day on August 8. This year marks the 800th year of the Order of Preachers, and we remembered together Dominic’s story, his passion for the preaching, his joy, his vision, his life of poverty, and his steady and strong belief in his call to preach the Gospel to all nations…and Christ’s accompanying promise heard at the end of Matthew’s Gospel: “And know that I am with you always, until the end of time.”
It was Matthew’s gospel Dominic carried with him, and this season we’ve been hearing it at daily Eucharist. This week we read Chapter 18: how to be church. We hear the disciples’ query: who will be the greatest in the kingdom of God? Certainly not the high and the mighty, Jesus answers, but the children and the childlike, needy and vulnerable, aware of their weakness and desperate for God’s love and the care of others. We could put it thus: God’s holy ones are the holey ones. Continue reading →
Here we are already in the first week of August. For many, this means that we are two-thirds through the summer. I wonder: where has the time gone? As an educator on a school schedule, I always look forward to the summer. It’s a time that is a little less hectic, a little more relaxed. It’s a time for the Four R’s – rest, relaxation, re-connection and reflection. In the second chapter of Genesis we read, “Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work God had been doing, God rested on the seventh day from all the work God had undertaken.” (Genesis 2:2)
What’s the value of rest? When I did a little surfing on the net to see what others said about the value of rest, I came across articles on chemistry, theology, business, health, physical fitness, family life, medicine, biology, music, education, sports and many others. Almost every area has some idea of and need for rest. Ovid, the poet said, “Take rest, a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” Our bodies need some down time to heal. Continue reading →
Have you ever lost someone close to you, someone so dear that you just wanted to cry out in anger and pain and say “NO?” I know I have.
The Gospel reading for today is from John 11:17-27, and gives some of the events surrounding the death of Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary. Continue reading →