Posts made in June, 2018

I will follow you

I will follow you.  Talk about a major life change!   Elisha went from following a plow to following a prophet.   He was so certain that God was calling him to become a disciple of Elijah’s that he burned the wooden tools of his trade.   It must have been sobering to watch his livelihood go up in flames, but this stripping away allowed Elisha to take the next step in following the Lord.   His story tells us that sometimes moving forward...

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Everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery

Everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery. Just a glance—sometimes that’s all it takes to lead us into sin.   Whether it’s lust or greed or anger, we know how our disordered desires can affect us.   It can be discouraging to see how easily sinful or unclean thoughts can spring into our minds and then lead us to sin. Yes, one glance can lead you down the road of temptation.   But just as your eyes can get you into...

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Unless your righteousness surpasses

Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees . . .  Infomercials.   Self-improvement websites.   Pop psychology books and slogans.   It seems that everywhere you turn, you are encouraged not to think too deeply about life and its challenges.   Just find the quick answer, and you’ll be happy. But the quick-and-easy approach to life doesn’t work when it comes to living out our call to discipleship, does it?   Try though...

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Call louder

Call louder. . . . Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.  What do you do to get someone’s attention?   Shout?   Jump up and down?   Shake them?   Sometimes nothing works, and that’s exactly what happened in today’s first reading. The prophets of Baal tried everything to rouse their god:  they shouted and hopped around their altar for hours;  they even slashed themselves with swords, to no avail.   Of course, we know that Baal didn’t...

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