Posts made in September, 2017

The Lord is with you, O champion

Let there be light The Bible is filled with stories about the amazing things that happen when God speaks.   He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.   He spoke the heavens and the earth into being, and they were created.   He commanded vegetation to grow and creatures to fill the world, and they did.   There is nothing he can not do with the words of his mouth! But God’s words are not just for cosmic events like creation.   An angel...

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You are my treasure, Lord

He went away sad, for he had many possessions  What was this rich young man thinking?   Jesus, the Son of God, was standing right in front of him, inviting him to become a disciple.   And the young man walked away.   How tragic!   After all, he really was a good fellow.   He kept all the commandments, he tried hard to please God.   He only asked what else he needed to do.   But Jesus’ call was just too much.   He could not see that following...

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My house shall be called a house of prayer

Sacrament of Marriage Around the year AD 350, a popular and powerful bishop named John Chrysostom preached a series of sermons on the Sacrament of Marriage.   John had been inspired by St. Paul’s letters to describe for his congregation the beauty of marriage and family life.   He called it a wonderful path to holiness.   He spoke about the way each spouse is called to be like Jesus—selflessly giving all that they have to their spouse and...

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Let the children come to me

Let the children come to me Around the time they reach the age of three, children tend to become prone to separation anxiety.   When Mom and Dad go out, the kids are left in the hands of a babysitter.   But the younger children are not old enough to realize that Mom and Dad will be back in just a few hours.   They think their parents will never come back.   So they grow anxious and cry, sometimes uncontrollably.   Then, they are greatly...

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You are always faithful

Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted “Is divorce ever permissible?” the Pharisees ask.   Jesus reminds them that God intends for marriage to be not only permanent but transformative as well.   Its goal, he answers, is that a man and a woman leave their individuality aside and come together to create a whole new unity, a family. Hearing this exchange, his disciples offer an honest and understandable response, if...

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