Hearts like the Good Shepherd, embracing every nation, race, people, and tongue

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 17, 2016
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The courage to be a forgiven sinner

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 17, 2013
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

In response, they went away one by one… until Jesus was left alone with the woman before him. Our Lord Jesus had not told any member of that group to leave; he also had not told any to stay. Yet all of the accusing Pharisees left; while the accused woman stayed there with Jesus. Why? What made the difference?

It’s not very difficult to see: the situation of each one had changed, in a way that made many want to leave, and one want to stay.

  • The Pharisees had arrived in a powerful position: righteous; pointing the finger (more…)

The world, the flesh, and the freedom of the easy yoke of Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 2-3, 2011
Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Matt 11:25-30

The desires we feel in our bodies are not always good for our bodies. The desires that we feel in our flesh are not always good for our flesh.

We know that this is true from our own experience, if we think of our hunger for food. Our bodies need food to grow and to survive. But the problem is that sometimes we want to eat things that are not good for us. Or maybe we want food that is good for us, but we want too much of it; or too little of it; or we want it at the wrong times.

We know this. There is an entire weight-loss, dieting industry that is built upon the fact that the desires of our flesh will sometimes lead us in ways that are not good, not healthy, for the flesh itself. (more…)