Posts made in May, 2017

He laid hands on…

He laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly. Have you ever noticed that Jesus is never in a hurry? Instead of acting right away, Jesus gently led a blind man to a place where they could be alone. He then prayed with him and took the time to ask how well he was seeing. Then he prayed with him again, until his vision was completely restored. We do not know why this miracle happened in stages, but it is clear that the...

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If you do well, you can hold up your head.

We do not know exactly why Abel and his offering were accepted, while Cain and his offering were not. Did Cain displease God in some way? Was God testing him? Or was Abel just an extraordinarily holy man? We may never know. But one thing we do know. God loved Cain. Just listen to how he speaks to Cain. “Why are you so resentful and crestfallen?…Sin is a demon lurking at the door…yet you can be his master? These are not the...

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We speak God’s wisdom

We speak God’s wisdom…for our glory. St. Paul had a special talent for packing a lot of information into a few sentences. First, Paul uses the word “mystery” to explain God’s plan. We usually use the word “mystery” to describe something beyond our comprehension, something we can not explain. But that is not what Paul means. He is speaking about something concealed, not confounding. And that mystery is...

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They…were satisfied

Do you know people who are remarkably generous? It seems like every time you turn around, they are giving, whether it is sharing time, making a large donation, or giving wonderful gifts. In Scripture, we see that God is just like this, only on a more extravagant scale. Jesus does not give just a few people only a mouthful of food. He feeds four thousand people until their stomachs are filled. That is extravagance! What is more, just before...

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