The Perception of Sin

This Sunday (Pentecost) you’re going to hear in the First Reading how the Apostles were given the Gift of Tongues.

And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

I’ve often wondered where this miracle occurred; with the Apostles as they spoke the Word of God, or with the people in the crowd as they heard the Word of God? The Gift of Hearing doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it, does it? Continue reading “The Perception of Sin”

The Great Shepherd

“I am the gate for the sheep.”

The Great Shepherd

As Christ has described himself as “the shepherd” (John 1: 1-10), we can obviously draw the conclusion that we are His sheep. Paul (Romans 1:1) calls himself a “slave to Jesus Christ.” Niether of these, on the surface, seem appealing to a first time on-looker.  In fact, I’ve had both these descriptors turned against me at some point in time by people of a different, or no faith at all. My favorite is “You’re mindless sheep, following blindly.” So, what is the one thing that binds a shepherd and his sheep above all others? Continue reading “The Great Shepherd”

The Road to Emmaus

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“Lord, You Will Show Us The Path of Life”

Faith is a journey and the Church is deeply rooted in constant movement. Think of the faithful pilgrimages by the thousands of His followers. Heck, you can’t make it through a single chapter in the New Testament without hearing about Christ or His followers traveling from one point to another. It’s exhausting… but necessary.  Take a moment and reflect on your own faith journey. Consider the times you felt strong and weak in your relationship with God, what were your other relationships like? Did the ‘status’ of your life reflect your relationship with God? Throughout history things like; art, architecture, politics, social order, and economics have been interconnected. Are your family, friendships, finances, and faith connected? Continue reading “The Road to Emmaus”

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas
Click image above or text header below to read this Sunday (April 23rd) Gospel by John.

Doubting Thomas 

This week’s gospel is about the Apostle Thomas and his request to “put (his) finger into the nailmarks and put (his) hand into his side.” In order to believe the encounter the other Apostles had with Jesus Christ, Thomas needed to see and feel the wounds himself. John is the only one to describe the incident between Thomas and Christ. Why? What do you think the relevance of this story has to our faith life? Continue reading “Doubting Thomas”

He Has Risen!

Easter Sunday (He has Risen!)

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I thumb wrestle with myself every year when it comes to picking between Christmas and Easter as my favorite spiritual season.  They both provide me with inspiration, spiritual growth, a renewed sense of hope, and a lot of reflection on who I’ve been and who God calls me to be.  This weekend marks the end of the most magnificent life in the history of humankind and the beginning of eternal salvation for all of us.  Below are some questions to reflect back on Lent and toward Easter Sunday this weekend. Continue reading “He Has Risen!”

Giving and Receiving Forgiveness

Palm Sunday

(click text or image above for link to Gospel Reading)

 We will be greeted at mass this Sunday with a large collection of palms. As we collect our individual palms, a reenactment will occur of Christ entering Jerusalem and being greeted by His people holding palm leaves. Palm branches are symbolic of peace and victory, both extremely applicable to the upcoming week.  As we prepare for Holy Week, it might be worth considering two key people from this weeks reading, Peter and Judas.   Continue reading “Giving and Receiving Forgiveness”