Last Sunday afternoon, while I was reading quietly at a crowded Starbucks, apropos to nothing I could readily discern, a little boy, perhaps two years old, began to cry inconsolably. Loud, guttural sobs. Instant tears. His young father scooped him up, carefully, and carried him outside. The boy...
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In today's Gospel, Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a net, a merchant and a treasure. Truth be told, these images don't really resonate with us unless your livelihood is directly tied to the fertility of the land and the bounty of the sea.
Today's readings God does not abandon us in our weakness, but the Spirit intercedes for us (Second Reading). God will not eradicate the weeds indiscriminately lest the good plants be damaged (Gospel). God is so mighty he is able to judge us all leniently and permits repentance for our sins...
the great basketball coach, John Wooden, suggested that the true test of someone's character is what he or she does when no one is watching.
It's probably inevitable. You hear the Parable of the Sower in our Gospel today and you wonder, "Am I a good seed the kind that yields a hundredfold?"
Sunday's First Reading is certainly appropriate for those areas of the country which have experienced a lot of rain.
Jesus may not answer our prayer for reasons known to him alone, but he is ALWAYS there with comfort, strength and peace.
Apparently there used to be (and may still be for all I know) a cult called Rosecrucianism. For an annual membership fee, devotees periodically received by mail a packet of secret wisdom purported to be based on the teachings of the Pharaoh Akhnaton.
Our spiritual lives are formed by a combination of what we experience through our interactions with persons of faith; what we learn from our Roman Catholic Tradition; and what comes as we mature in the faith and develop in our relationship with God.