The Lord . . . proclaims peace to his people

The Lord . . . proclaims peace to his people  Peace Isn’t that what we all long for?   Peace in our world, peace in our nation, peace in our families.   Many of us would be happy if we could just have peace at the end of a long day!   But life isn’t always peaceful. Situations outside of our control can make us anxious.   Events that may happen in the future—or that may not happen at all—fill us with a sense of dread.   Even memories of past...

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PURSUING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Father Maurice J Nutt, C.Ss.R. Scripture Text:  Hebrews 12:1-2 I am challenging you to join us in a journey – a pursuit actually. Pursuing a life that matters — a life of impact.  Life is full of decisions. Do you agree? But, do you know that the decisions that matter in life are not always earth shaking? It’s our day-to-day decisions that either makes us closer or farther from God. We call it steps of...

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I desire mercy

I desire mercy. Imagine you’ve come to your doctor’s office for the results of your routine physical.   As you sit waiting for your appointment, you notice that many of the people around you are suffering from a variety of ailments.   “Wow, I’m glad I’m not like any of them,” you think.   “I’d better steer clear of all these sick people.” When you see the doctor, he tells you that everything looks good—you’re healthy.   “Now,” he says, “you can...

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I was no prophet

I was no prophet.  How could Amos not be a prophet?   He spoke prophetic words to the people of God!   Amos didn’t deny proclaiming a prophetic word to Israel, but at the same time, he refused to be called a professional seer.   He was just a farm worker in the southern kingdom of Judah.   But this didn’t hinder God from calling him to the wealthier northern kingdom of Israel—even to the courts of the king himself! The truth is, there is no...

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When they came to the town they reported everything.

When they came to the town they reported everything.  Shouting demoniacs, possessed pigs, sprinting swineherds, and terrified townspeople—this has to be one of the most colorful stories in Matthew’s Gospel!   But did you know that this is also the first story about Gentiles sharing the good news about Jesus?   Imagine you were there when the swineherds raced into the town square to tell their story after they had encountered Jesus: “You’ll...

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You are

You are . . . members of the household of God.  “Where did I come from?”   The question seems to be ingrained in us.   We make family trees, talk about our great grandparents, and pass down family recipes for generations.   Now we can even find out about our genetic background, thanks to DNA mapping technology.   Why is this quest for our history so important to us?   Because it helps us understand who we are and how we fit into this world....

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