Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Total Dependence

At the end of his Letter to the Philippians Paul can hardly bring himself to thank them for the money that they have sent him.  It's almost like he is reluctant to admit his dependence on anybody.  Then he remembers how totally dependent he is, "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." (4:13)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Share the Journey

Saturday morning's sunrise, unusual since this view is due north.
On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched Share the Journey, a global campaign of prayer and action in support of migrants and refugees.  It helps to reflect on our own families' migrating here.  No matter how long ago, we all came from somewhere else.

Friday, October 6, 2017

God of Peace

Yesterday morning's sunrise.
We put aside anxiety by placing all our needs in God's hands.  "Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Humility and Selflessness

To encourage us to look not to our own interests, but to the interests of others, St Paul tells us to be  as humble and selfless as Christ who emptied himself and became one of us human beings and went to death on the cross.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Love's Energy

"A thought, a material improvement, 
a unique nuance of human love, 
the enchanting complexity of a smile or a glance--
the spiritual success of the universe is bound up 
with the release of every possible energy in it."
--Teilhard de Chardin

Friday, September 22, 2017

Free Love

Happy Autumn Equinox!  Such gorgeous weather as crops are readying for harvest.
In his parable of the "Crazy Farmer" (Mt:20:1-16,) who pays workers for just an hour what he pays others for a whole day's work, Jesus wants to convince us that God is just as crazy with Love.  Grace means gift.  Gracious means freely given.  God's love cannot be earned.  That's the Gospel truth.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Walking the Wrong Way

Recently I heard a priest talking about how he worked with young adults who say they don't believe in God or religion.  He referred to the story of the two disciples on the way back to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35.)   They didn't recognize the Risen Jesus when he joined them on the road.  The priest pointed out that they were walking the wrong way, away from Jerusalem.  Jesus walked the wrong way with them.