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Taking a pledge to live conscientiously - Sunday’s readings speak of living the law. The Jewish people follow the Law of Moses, 613 laws that governed all their lives. Jesus comes along and turns that on its head. He has come to fulfill the law, to broaden the scope of the law, filtering it to it’s true essence – that it is…
Wet trout - Jesus speaks to the Pharisees about how they “disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”  He is speaking of broadening the scope of the law.  It’s not the fact that the disciples aren’t washing their hands that make them “unclean”, it’s what they say, how they act. Jesus is saying live, act consciously.  Don’t just…
The power of the door - From the first reading of today’s Mass: “Jephthah made a vow to the LORD. ‘If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said, “whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the LORD. I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.’”  …
But he got more than I did! - “The Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner….”  Landowner, landowner, how does that have anything to do with being a mom?  If we look at our Baptismal roles: Priest – Nurturer, Prophet – First Teacher, Queen – Sovereign, Guide; we can see how landowner might fit. We have children, who like the day labourers come…
Loosed, bound - MT 18:15-20 is today’s Gospel, and it has quite a bit to say.  We hear Jesus explain to the disciples how to handle a dispute between you and someone you know.  First you go off with this person privately and try and work it out.  You can’t get satisfaction than you bring in people who know what…
Mom and the power of the ego - “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” MT 16:24-28 Gain the whole world and forfeit his life.  We all know those moms whose children have to be the best.  Their children are put into sports, entertainment, anything that puts the children in a position of peer focus, that…
Mother Transformed - “Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them….” Today we read of the Transformation of Christ. He brings Peter, James and John with him. All the Gospels says is that they are off apart. Are they praying together, talking? Then suddenly…
While inhaling Come Holy Spirit… While exhaling… fill my heart - MT 14:22-36 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.  When it was evening he was there alone. After Jesus had changed the five loaves and two fishes into enough to feed the multitude, he goes off by himself to pray; then he again works another miracle calm the seas, lifting…
Spiritual Desert - The readings this week are all about how God feeds us.  Sunday and today, the first readings revisit the Manna in the desert.  The Sunday Gospel has Jesus saying I just feed you guys and still you don’t get it!  Today, he is feeding the crowd with the same five loaves and two fishes.  The…
Good Fish, Bad Fish - Gospel, Matthew 13:47-53 49 This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the upright… The rejection of evil a powerful thing.  Still, what if that evil hits close to home?  Maybe it’s because of the rally on Tuesday, (Women Betrayed), but I am thinking…
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