Posts made in January, 2019

He has anointed me

He has anointed me Often, when we read Scripture we see an immediate meaning and a long-term meaning.   Take the Gospel (Luke 4:18),  where Jesus proclaims that the Spirit of the Lord has anointed him to bring good news.   In the immediate sense, we know that Jesus really was anointed by the Holy Spirit when he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.   But in the long-term sense, Jesus wants us to know that the same Spirit has anointed us as...

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To Timothy, my dear child

o Timothy, my dear child.  Last Saturday, we celebrate two of St. Paul’s best-known companions:   Timothy and Titus.   Both were young men when they began working with Paul, and over time both became leaders of the Church in their own right—Timothy in Ephesus and Titus in Crete.   While we don’t know all that much about Titus, Scripture gives us a better portrait of Timothy.   So let’s see what we can learn from this man’s life in the Lord....

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I regained my sight

I regained my sight.  A devout Jew, Paul had been walking with God all his life.   Still, he had a serious blind spot.   He couldn’t see that the Christians he was persecuting were his brothers and sisters.   He couldn’t see that this Jesus he was fighting against was the Messiah. But then he encountered Jesus in a flash of light, and he became aware of just how blind he had been.   Now he could begin the process of coming to see clearly. It’s...

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Quote of the Week – January 28, 2019

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.  Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.  This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekanand

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He warned them sternly not to make him known

He warned them sternly not to make him known.  Can you imagine trying to keep a huge, exciting secret under wraps?   That is exactly what Jesus was doing.   As the Messiah, he came to bring healing, a new reign, and redemption, but he knew that the people would have a hard time understanding that the blessings would be released only after his death and resurrection.   That’s why it was so important to keep his “messianic secret” until the right...

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