Cost of Discipleship

Some people can be so bullheaded. They choose to stay the course at any cost.These folks are not simply stubborn; they are obstinate in a foolish or stupid way. Children can be bullheaded about who can or cannot play with them, based on whom they like or not. An employer might be bullheaded about who […]

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Who Do You Say I Am?

I often say things, the implications of which only become clear as time passes. I might promise to help someone move to a new home, only later to find out how much stuff they have, how much packing still needs to be done, how much more time-consuming my offer is than I originally thought. I might say that I […]

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She Has Shown Great Love

How many tears would need to be shed in order to have enough to wash feet? A bucketful! What would precipitate such an overflowing amount of tears? Extraordinary loss, sadness, sorrow. In the case of the “sinful woman” in this Sunday’s gospel, her tears were precipitated by her great sense of unworthiness and her profound […]

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The Compassionate One

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Jesus is that he paid attention.  He paid attention to people and their behaviors so closely he often knew what they were thinking or feeling.  He paid attention to what was going on around him so much that he could talk knowledgeably about farming practices, fishing, politics, even […]

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Blessed, Broken, Given

Jesus’ actions in this Sunday’s Gospel – choosing, blessing, breaking and giving – foreshadows the total gift of self on the Cross, in the Eucharist. The fullest presence of the kingdom of God is revealed by the total gift of self. When we receive Jesus’ gift of self in the Eucharist and choose to be […]

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