Posts made in November, 2019

They left their nets and followed him

Saint Andrew, Apostle (Feast)   They left their nets and followed him.    Peter and Andrew’s decision to leave their nets—along with their family, friends, and everything else—can seem incredible to us.   How did they find the faith and courage to make such a bold choice? They had a personal encounter with Jesus.   On their own, they would never have made such a decision.   Andrew, whose feast we celebrate today, would never have gone on to...

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His dominion is an everlasting dominion

34th Week in Ordinary Time   His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.    Fantastical characters, carnage and battle, unexpected plot twists—Hollywood blockbusters certainly have nothing on Daniel’s vision!   Movies use creative techniques and special effects, but at their core, they are still just trying to tell a story.   And so is Daniel.   So we should ask ourselves what he’s...

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Has the God whom you serve so constantly been able to save you

Thanksgiving Day (USA)   Has the God whom you serve so constantly been able to save you?  You can imagine the headlines:   “Brave Jewish Man Survives Lions’ Den.”   We naturally marvel at Daniel’s courage and composure, but there is another part of this story worth exploring.   When Daniel comes out of the den unharmed, King Darius issues a decree stating that Daniel’s God will from now on be honored and revered throughout his kingdom.   That’s...

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I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you

34th Week in Ordinary Time   I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you. One of the unbreakable rules of advertising is that in order to sell a product, you have to show attractive models enjoying it.   So a sports hero is photographed wearing the latest athletic shoe.   A slender, beautiful actress is shown drinking a diet soda.   Or a respected former politician becomes a spokesperson for a new drug.   The subtle (and sometimes not so...

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There will not be left a stone upon another stone

34th Week in Ordinary Time   There will not be left a stone upon another stone.    Imagine the people’s response to these words from Jesus.   He had just finished evicting corrupt money changers from the Temple.   It was also in the Temple courts that he confounded hypocritical religious leaders.   Then, he praised the generosity of a woman who had made a small but meaningful donation to the Temple’s upkeep.   Surely Jesus loved the Temple and...

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