Posts made in February, 2019

Who can number these?

Who can number these? . . . Who can explore these?  Modern-day scientists can answer many of Sirach’s “unanswerable questions.”   Sands of the seashore?    Take the amount of grains of sand in a teaspoon and multiply it by the volume of all the beaches and deserts on earth:   scientists estimate it’s over seven quintillion (that’s seven with eighteen zeroes after it).   The depths of the abyss?   Through unmanned submarines, scientists can...

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Stop condemning and you will not be condemned

Stop condemning and you will not be condemned Jesus couldn’t have been more clear.   If you want to avoid condemnation, don’t condemn other people. Let’s say you see a rumpled, grizzled person sleeping on a park bench.   You wonder how he got there.   You wonder why he isn’t trying to fix his life.   You begin to wish he weren’t there.   You feel a kind of aversion to him, and you take a wide berth around him as you walk by. Jesus says, “Don’t...

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Faith is the realization of what is hoped for

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen We all have things we hope for, both things that we don’t see yet and things that aren’t yet the way God intends them to be:   relationships that need reconciliation, health or financial challenges to overcome, the blossoming of faith in a child or grandchild.   Here’s the good news:   God has given each of us the gift of faith, and that gift can provide us with...

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You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.  The best nicknames capture something essential about a person.   United States President Abraham Lincoln, for instance, was called “Honest Abe” for his great concern for the truth.   One story has it that as a store clerk in Illinois, he walked several miles to return a few cents to a customer he overcharged. Today’s Gospel (Matthew 16:18) tells us how Peter — whose real name was Simon...

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