Reflections

Ephesians 6:12 – December 16, 2018

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12 NABRE      Paul is concluding his letter to the community at Ephesus, exhorting them to remain strong. Paul is reminding the community about spiritual warfare, the Christian community against the devil. Paul tells the community to put on the armor of God and…

Matthew 5:14 – December 15, 2018

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 NABRE      Jesus is teaching His blessings, things to make people happy, then and now. These teachings from Jesus are guidelines for followers living a Christian life. Jesus wants us to imitate His life, His spirit, to enter into communion with Him. Jesus has crowds following Him. He is always preaching or teaching to a multitude. His miracles…

1 John 4:20 – December 13, 2018

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20 NABRE      John writing the latest writings collected and shared in the bible, is the oldest Apostle to live, makes love the centerpiece of his letters. For John the entire message of Jesus can be summed up in the word…

Mark 8:34-35 – December 12, 2018

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. Mark 8:34-35 NABRE      Jesus has spoken of the suffering he will undergo and so he shares with all who will follow Him…

Jeremiah 29:13 – December 11, 2018

When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, Jeremiah 29:13 NABRE      After the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire some of the people were led away in exile back to Babylon. The prophet Jeremiah sends a letter to the exiles in Babylon. It tells them that they should not expect an early return home, as some false prophets have been telling them. Instead he…

Romans 13:10 – December 10, 2018

Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10 NABRE      Paul is describing a new way of thinking within the new covenant. With the old covenant God provides a law for the people to follow. In earlier verses Paul describes some of the law by listing some of the commandments; not to commit adultery, not to kill, not to steal, not to covet. These are the laws…

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From Open Windows to Broken Windows

Opening the Second Vatican Council Pope John XXIII made a remark that defined the nature of the entire council, “Throw open the windows of the church and let the fresh air of the spirit blow through.” It was a call for the church to recognize a need to engage with the modern world, to develop her desire to be a faith for all people and that the church define evangelization as a major reason for…

Four Reasons the Roman Catholic Church should Welcome Married Priests

Soon after the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on the sexual abuse scandal Professor and Author Scott Walker Hahn posted on his Facebook page a caution about turning to a married priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church as a “simple solution to the problem of clerical scandal.” His point of view is further supported by the notion of a plethora of divorced Protestant pastors (Hahn’s post had the rate at 50% but he later…

Five Ideas on Talking to Kids about Sexual Abuse in Light of the Church Scandal

As the news, discussion and church pulpit’s become places to hear about the latest round of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal stories thanks in part to the release of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Grand Jury Report, we have to wonder what news should be shared with young children. As I sit and listen at family gatherings and meals, I see inquisitive eight year old eyes wanting to know what everyone is talking about. It is…

The Roman Catholic Church is in a season for real change.

The Roman Catholic Church in the United States finds itself in crisis, one more time. In the early 2000’s the Boston Globe investigative reporting revealed a child abuse scandal that caused the United States Conference of Catholic bishops to unite and create new procedures in response. It became know within the parishes of the Roman Catholic Church as “Protecting God’s Children.” Armed with this new procedure the church hoped to put the problem in the…

Is There Evil? A story of Crunches Grocery Store

God’s presence and authenticity is challenged by several different groups and many individuals. Yet, if we accept God we accept and recognize Evil, because God’s book tells us there is evil. One passage on evil is from Psalm 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (23:4 ESV)  Another often spoken verse…

Sunday Message

I come to do your will – Knowing

This is the third week of our series we are calling, “I come to do your will.” We read these words on the lips of Jesus many times in the gospel passages, it is in the psalms and we see them in the letter to the Hebrews in our fourth week. Jesus says he did not come on his own but he came to do the will of his Father. What an example we receive…

I come to do your will – Glory

This is the second week of our series we are calling, “I come to do your will.” We read these words on the lips of Jesus many times in the gospel passages, it is in the psalms and we see them in the letter to the Hebrews in our fourth week. Jesus says he did not come on his own but he came to do the will of his Father. What an example we receive…

I come to do your will – Promise

This week we begin a new message series we are calling, “I come to do your will.” We read these words on the lips of Jesus many times in the gospel passages, it is in the psalms and we see them in the letter to the Hebrews in the fourth week of our series. Jesus says he did not come on his own but he came to do the will of his Father. What an…

More than All others – Truth

This is the fourth and final week of a series we are calling, “More than All Others.” In the reading from Mark, Jesus speaking about a poor widow who gave only two coins to the offertory, said she gave more than all others. It is a great honor and respect from Jesus and it is the approach we should have in all we do for the kingdom of God. It is not an approach to…

More than All others – Rise

This is our third week of a series we are calling, “More than All Others.” In the reading from Mark, Jesus speaking about a poor widow who gave only two coins to the offertory, said she gave more than all others. It is a great honor and respect from Jesus and it is the approach we should have in all we do for the kingdom of God. It is not an approach to a competition…

More than All others – Giving

This is our second week of a series we are calling, “More than All Others.” In the reading from Mark, Jesus speaking about a poor widow who gave only two coins to the treasury, said she gave more than all others. It is a great honor and respect from Jesus and it is the approach we should have in all we do for the kingdom of God. It is not an approach to a competition…