Posts made in July, 2017

This is the work of God

This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent. As a young priest from Pennsylvania, Father Walter Ciszek was eager to do God’s work as a missionary in the Soviet Union.  But things did not go the way he anticipated.  Soon after he entered Russia, he was falsely accused of being a spy and spent years in captivity, first in the infamous Lubyanka prison, and then in various Siberian labor camps. One day, exhausted by the harst...

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Their eyes were opened and they recognized him

Do you wish you could have been there when Cleopas and friend were walking to Emmaus?  Would not it have been exciting to hear Jesus interpreting the Scriptures and to see the look in the eyes when they recognized him in the breaking of the bread? Well, in the a sense, we can be there.  Even today, two thousand years after his resurrection, Jesus’ word can cause our hearts to burn and bring us to the place where we recognize him.  How is...

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They saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat…

They saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. The disciples were seasoned fishermen.  They had lived on the sea and had seen plenty of its wild storms.  So they knew what to do when a storm broke out.  They could take turns rowing to conserve their strength.  Or maybe they could just turn back and not fight the winds.  The storm was not a problem.  But when they saw Jesus waling on the wild waters...

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Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.

If you have even had unexpected dinner guests, then you can probably identify with Philip and Andrew.  When Jesus asked them how to feed an enormous crowd, they must have wondered, “What is he talking about?  We can not feed this many people!”  They looked at what they had – two fish and five barley loaves – and concluded that it was not enough.  What they had was too little to be useful. We can feel this way about...

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