Posts made in January, 2020

He ate and drank with David, who made him drunk

Saint John Bosco, Priest (Memorial)   He ate and drank with David, who made him drunk.  King David was caught.   He had had an affair with the wife of one of his soldiers, and she was now pregnant.   After a couple of botched attempts to cover up his sin, he conspired to have the soldier be conveniently killed in battle. David probably knew he was doing wrong when he hatched this plot, but he couldn’t see any other way out.   So to his sin of...

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Who am I, Lord God, . . . that you have brought me to this point

3rd Week in Ordinary Time   Who am I, Lord God, . . . that you have brought me to this point?    David was a man of many gifts.   He loved God with all his heart.   He was a talented musician.   He had the courage to face Goliath, and after becoming king, he captured Jerusalem and brought the ark of the covenant there.   A wise ruler, he eventually united the tribes of Israel and reigned over them for nearly forty years. With a résumé like...

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The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you

3rd Week in Ordinary Time   The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.    In World War II, the Nazis believed the secret code they were using to transmit radio messages was unbreakable.   But men and women at the now famous Bletchley Park in Britain were finally able to crack the code, and their work is credited with shortening the war by up to two years. Have you ever felt as if you were trying to crack a secret code when you...

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Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)   Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.    Is Jesus really being dismissive of his family members, including his very own mother, Mary?   On the surface, it might seem so.   But if we understand this passage to mean that Jesus treated his close family members harshly, we are missing an important point about the kingdom he came to inaugurate. Jesus took...

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Quote of the Week | January 27, 2020

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barack Obama

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