"Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others." Mt 15:30
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
"A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse." Is 11:1
Sunday, November 29, 2020
"For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved." Rom 10:9
Salvation, Paul reminds us, is more than simple belief in God. We must tell others about God's goodness to all of human kind. We must announce the graciousness of God with power and conviction. St Andrew did this so intently that he was martyred for his faith.
Peter's brother, Andrew hears the invitation of Jesus to follow him and does not hesitate. He leaves everything to be a disciple of the Lord. Even when he was being martyred he asked to be crucified on an X shaped cross because he did not think he was worthy of being crucified in the same way Jesus was.
When we learn to speak honestly, courageously and naturally about the great gift of our faith, our discipleship is deepened and our witness becomes more powerful.
Today, Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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Saturday, November 28, 2020
"No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways!" Is 64:3
The prophet Isaiah asks God not to stare at his people and punish them. Rather, the Prophet suggests that God could have been more forceful in helping the Israelites remain faithful to the covenant. “Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?” I can only imagine God smiling at Isaiah's intervention.
But Isaiah doesn't give up. Rather, while acknowledging the sins of the people, and admitting that they deserve condemnation, he also reminds God that God is the potter and the people are the clay. Surely, God must know that no potter ever discards her clay. Rather, she reworks it and shapes it into something new. That is what Advent is all about, asking God to reshape and mold us into heralds of the Great King.
Today, imitate God by looking at yourself and others without staring.
What situations cause you to obsess about matters you cannot control?