Posts made in July, 2018

Your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath

Your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.  It’s not uncommon to read in the Gospels about how a group of Pharisees began arguing with Jesus—like what we have in today’s reading.   After reading stories like this, it might be easy to write these people off as enemies of Christ.   But is this true?   What do we know about the Pharisees? For one, they were mostly laypeople who took their Jewish faith seriously.   They...

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The Lord will not abandon his people

The Lord will not abandon his people The Lord will not abandon his people. “Lord, I know that you will never abandon me.   You will never withdraw your protection, support, or help.   That’s not who you are.   You are a God who protects, supports, and heals. The Lord will not abandon his people. “When I look back at my life and those times of crisis, I see that you have always been with me.   When a sudden new medical condition made me feel...

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Father Maurice J Nutt “Faith Professed”

FAITH PROFESSED by Father Maurice J Nutt, C.Ss.R. St. Francis of Assisi is widely (though apparently inaccurately) believed to have said, “Preach the Gospel always; if necessary use words.”  Whether or not he said these words, he certainly professed and lived them.  If the Gospel is to be credible, it has to be professed by both our words and our actions.  Thomas of Celeno, St. Francis’ first biographer, quotes him instructing his co-workers...

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Unless your faith is firm

Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm!  King Ahaz and the people of Judah trembled with fear.  Enemy forces had begun a siege on Jerusalem and were poised to invade the holy city.   In fear for his people and his own life, Ahaz began contemplating the unthinkable: perhaps he should seek help from the mighty Assyrian army to stave off this attack.   The problem with such a strategy?   Ahaz would have to surrender to Assyria and turn...

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