Posts made in February, 2020

Taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute.   Did you ever stop on a hiking trail because the scene before you was amazing, only to find that, a few steps further on, the view is even more astounding? That’s one way to look at today’s Gospel (Mark 8:6). Jesus takes seven loaves of bread and a few fish and feeds a hungry crowd of thousands, with food to...

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My people heard not my voice.

Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop (Memorial)   My people heard not my voice.    Do you remember how the kingdom of Israel was formed?   Wanting to be just like all the pagan nations around them, God’s people asked the prophet Samuel for a king, so he reluctantly anointed Saul.   Two more kings followed, David and Solomon.   But when Solomon turned away from the Lord to worship foreign gods—just as Samuel had predicted would occur—God...

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The demon has gone out of your daughter

5th Week in Ordinary Time   The demon has gone out of your daughter.    What a relief!   Finally, after all her begging and pleading, the woman prevailed upon Jesus to cast a demon out of her daughter.   She knew that according to social and ethnic conventions, she—a Gentile—had no business going to Jesus—a Jew—with her request.   But her desperation overpowered these concerns.   Here was the one man who could heal her daughter. We might think...

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The things that come out from within are what defile

5th Week in Ordinary Time   The things that come out from within are what defile.   Nutritionists are often telling us to be careful about the amount of sugar, sodium, and fat in our diets.   But staying away from unhealthy foods isn’t enough.   We also need to focus on eating healthy foods. And we can, by taking advantage of the many alternatives that are out there.   It just takes a little bit of effort. We can apply this approach to Jesus’...

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Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?

Our Lady of Lourdes (Optional Memorial)   Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?   “Father, is it possible? Can you really dwell on earth? King Solomon wondered this as he dedicated his Temple to you. ‘If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,’ he asked, ‘how much less this temple which I have built!’ (1 Kings 8:27). How could you, who made the stars, come and live in a building made of wood and stone? And even more...

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