Posts made in July, 2019

I have seen the Lord

I have seen the Lord.  Life for Mary Magdalene could not have been easy before she met Jesus.   Imagine being possessed by seven different demons!   What relief and gratitude must have flooded her heart when Jesus set her free!   Her life could finally get back to normal. Only it didn’t.   Instead of staying in her familiar hometown of Magdala, she left everything behind to follow him.   She joined up with some other women who had been healed...

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This was a night of vigil for the Lord

This was a night of vigil for the Lord You know the feeling: you’re running late for an appointment. You dash out the door, wondering, “Do I? Have I? Did I?” If children are involved, you hope that they are all present and dressed and, preferably, wearing shoes. That’s just a small taste of the frenzied feeling of having to rush and press at all costs that the Hebrews must have felt as they fled slavery in Egypt. Thousands of people and...

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The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath

The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.  We are all aware of our Sunday obligation to attend Mass and observe this day as a day of rest.   But have you ever thought of the Sabbath as a gift instead of a duty?   Because that’s what it really is.   God gave us the Sabbath so that we could take a break from the daily grind to worship him, relax in his presence, and find refreshment as we prepare for the week ahead.   Yet for all these blessings, we...

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My yoke is easy, and my burden light

My yoke is easy, and my burden light. While the image of a yoke was familiar to Jesus’ audience, we modern readers may not be able to relate so easily.   A yoke is made for two, like a team of oxen.   When oxen are young, they are taught to pull together when hitched to the yoke.   When one ox tries to go one way and the other a different way, they experience the pain of pulling against the yoke.   The harder they fight it, the worse it gets....

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I will be with you

I will be with you.  Put yourself in Moses’ shoes for a moment.   He’s a fugitive from justice.   A death sentence hangs over him for having killed an Egyptian.   He’s a Hebrew, yet he is married to a Gentile who worships other gods.   Would anyone take him seriously? This is likely what Moses was thinking when God commissioned him to deliver the Israelites from Egypt.   Who, me?   he must have thought.   How is that ever going to happen? So...

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