March 21, 2021

If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,  the one who raised Christ from the dead  will give life to your mortal bodies also,  through his Spirit dwelling in you. Romans 8:11 Is there something in your life you haven’t done because you didn’t think you had what it takes? When I was around 16 years old or so I found myself leading a ministry for the first time. Through the encouragement of some early... Read more

March 20, 2021

“Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just and because of the innocence that is mine. Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but sustain the just, O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.” Ps 7:10-11 Do you have a favorite Psalm? The Psalms have played a central role in the life of the people of God. They were the prayer book that Jesus himself used and they have continued to make up a... Read more

March 19, 2021

  We don’t know a single word that Saint Joseph ever said. The gospels never quote him directly. Yet he is one of the most vibrant and nuanced characters in all of scripture. Within only a few generations people began to write books about him and his life. He has been an inspiration to millions of people across thousands of years. How could a man who never speaks stir the hearts of so many? It’s simple. Joseph’s actions are a... Read more

March 19, 2021

“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” Mt 1:24 What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? For Joseph, it was probably the action he took in today’s verse. For modern readers, the difficulty of this decision for Joseph is sometimes lost. In Joseph’s own day taking a pregnant Mary into his home as his wife would have violated the social code, religious code, and... Read more

March 18, 2021

Cyril was one of the most famous liturgists in the early Church. The way he celebrated the liturgy seems to have had a huge influence on Christians all over the known world in the fourth century. He was clearly a man who took the power and dignity of the liturgical life of the church very seriously. However, one of the criticisms he faced was an episode where he sold off much of the Church’s liturgical items, including sacred items given... Read more

March 18, 2021

“How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?” Jn 5:44 I’ve heard it said that people are the sum of the five people they hang around most. While perhaps this is somewhat reductionistic, there is truth in the sentiment. The individuals that we spend time with the most matter. The more space we give people in our lives and in our hearts the more those people... Read more

March 17, 2021

“But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her during child, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” Is 49:14-15 Has God ever put a particular place on your heart? Today’s passage speaks to this but requires a little unpacking. Just before this passage, God had made a promise to restore the people of Israel in exile. At this, it is... Read more

March 16, 2021

“One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.’ Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up... Read more

March 15, 2021

“Thus says the LORD: Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create.” Is 65:17-18 Do you ever peek at the end of the book you’re reading? It can be tempting, particularly when there’s a lot of tension or mystery. I’ll confess, I’ve sometimes looked ahead. In today’s passage, God offers a... Read more

March 14, 2021

The world is full of “either/or” scenarios. We’re told that we need to choose between a limited number of options. Do you like Chocolate or Vanilla? Android or Apple? Taking a bath or a shower? Being a passenger or driver? Are you a Democrat or Republican? Do you prefer a pen or a pencil? I could go on. In today’s passage, Jesus has been given an either/or question. He’s asked if a blind man’s condition was caused by his own... Read more

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