Luke 4:21-30 - Gospel for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 3, 2019 This Gospel provides us with a profound lesson in identity, love and mission. When we narrowly define someone's identity, there are two destructive results: 1) we are not fully loving them (as we are called to do), and 2) we are … Continue reading Radical Love Reveals Mission
The Secret is in the Spirit
Sunday, June 24 - Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Gospel reading Luke 1:5-17 Wild. Wise. Enthusiastic. Unwavering. Different. Inspiring. Full of purpose. Full of life. These are the qualities that come to mind when I think about John the Baptist. A man on a mission. A man who was passionate … Continue reading The Secret is in the Spirit
The difference is in the details
Fifth Sunday of Easter - Gospel reading John 15:1-8 Jesus said to his disciples: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower... I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing." When we prioritize … Continue reading The difference is in the details
Seasons change. Love stays.
Easter Sunday 2018 For the first 21 years of my life, I lived in Southern California, and I never really understood or lived through four true seasons. While, yes, some deciduous trees did lose their leaves in the winter, the grass was always green, flowers bloomed year-round, and some sort of greenery was always growing. … Continue reading Seasons change. Love stays.
Messes into miracles
Fifth Sunday of Lent - Gospel reading John 11:1-45 - The Raising of Lazarus Jesus waited two days to visit his dying friend, because he was aware of and had faith in a greater plan. He listened to the Father and trusted that plan even when it seemed at the time to cause great pain … Continue reading Messes into miracles
Embracing our salvation. Today.
Fourth Sunday of Lent - Gospel reading John 3:14-21 "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." Our salvation is not just something we experience at the end of our lives. The gift of eternal life saves us right now as … Continue reading Embracing our salvation. Today.
Listening to love
Second Sunday of Lent - Gospel reading Mark 9:2-10 God is a giver. God is on our side. God wants us to thrive. All we have to do is listen and pay attention. But if only it were as easy at it sounds. Listening to God is hard but worth it. Challenging but rewarding. Listening … Continue reading Listening to love
The perfect surrender of new life
First Sunday of Lent - Gospel reading Mark 1:12-15 Jesus was tested in the desert for 40 days. It's no secret that the number 40 has biblical significance, most notably connected to Elijah, Moses, and Noah and the flood. In all cases, the periods of time associated with 40 represented a time of trial and … Continue reading The perfect surrender of new life
Pray for clarity of purpose. Then do something about it.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Gospel reading Mark 1:29-39 I love that the Gospels remind us that Jesus prayed. "Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed." There is so much we can learn from this - little details that can enrich our own experiences … Continue reading Pray for clarity of purpose. Then do something about it.
Don’t just let go, drive them out!
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Gospel reading Mark 1:21-28 In last Sunday's Gospel, we heard about Jesus gathering his disciples, calling them to join him on a journey that would change their lives. This Sunday, we follow Jesus and his new disciples to a synagogue in Capernaum, where he preaches and attracts the attention … Continue reading Don’t just let go, drive them out!