Surprise Party

We humans tend to act out of a contractual frame of mind, that is, we give with expectations of equal return. For example, an expensive gift requires an expensive gift in return; or, if we invite friends to dinner, we expect to be invited back. Forgiveness and mercy, however, must arise from a different frame […]

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The Tender Mercy of God

The first part of our Gospel leaves a lot of room to fill in the blanks! We don’t know anything about the two tragic events reported in the gospel. Jesus uses these events as teachable moments. These events involve tragic death, and Jesus uses these tragedies to make absolute that unless we repent, we also […]

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We Saw His Glory

This gospel about the Transfiguration is a familiar one. My temptation is to all too quickly limit its meaning and power. There is more to this event than a glimpse of glory. It tells us of what we can expect along the journey toward glory! At the beginning of Lent, our goal is laid out […]

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If You Are Children of God

Lent is about growing in our relationship with God, which helps us understand ourselves and how we relate to others. Special helps are given to us: the rich Lenten scriptures, the penitential practices we embrace, the extra payer opportunities. Lent is a rich time to grow in who we are. Whatever Lenten practices we undertake, […]

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Left Everything

Having someone take command of us can bring opposite effects from us. In our Gospel today, Peter and the others are docked and cleaning up after a night of unsuccessful fishing. We might surmise that they were a bit testy. Jesus gets into Peter’s boat and asks him to move away from the shore a […]

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