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Wait-and-See?

“So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God”...

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Faith and Action

The binomial used by John in the passage we have in today’s Gospel is interesting.  Have you noticed that he says: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not have it.”? Therefore, it is not enough to believe, but it is...

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The Jailbreak

But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” (Acts 5:19) This is not the only “jailbreak” in the narrative of the Acts...

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The Center of All Things

In this paragraph there is a change which is typical of Christianity.  Immediately before this all things were in an exalted atmosphere.  There were great thoughts of God, there were prayers for the Holy Spirit, there were quotations from the Old Testament. Now the...

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God’s Spirit

The Hebrew word for spirit is ‘ruah’, which means “flowing air” or “wind”.  The ‘ruah’ spirit of God blows where it will.  God’s spirit is not confined by boundaries or limits.  Its power is not diminished because we wish it away. The Spirit of God challenges us to...

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Fishing, Eucharist

As today’s Gospel begins it seems all is over and the disciples are ready to go back to their “day jobs” as Peter says, “I am going fishing.”  Of course, it is not over as Jesus instructs them first how to fish, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you...

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Questions and/or Answers

It is curious that these days we have come across questions such as: Who are you looking for? What are you talking about? What happened? Why are you scared? Why so many doubts? These questions reveal the fear, doubt and uncertainty of the disciples. Possibly these...

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On the Road

A young couple receives the wonderful news that they are pregnant.  But their joy soon becomes a nightmare.  Her severe morning sickness debilitates her; her doctor discovers the child is in distress and plans for the worst.  She is confined to bed for the duration of...

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Seeking Understanding

This is the year in which we primarily read from the Gospel of Mark – at least on Sundays. But since it is the shortest of the gospels, we supplement it with a lot from the other three gospels. Like this morning, we read the traditional Johannine scene of Mary...

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The Empty Tomb

Many of the readings this week for daily Mass here in the Octave of Easter focus on the Word of God spreading out into the world -- a world where it meets resistance and disbelief -- a world where an empty tomb means nothing. https://youtu.be/0c2inXKD6PI Easter is...

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