#MyMassTakeaway for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
I found myself shaking my head at Jesus (once again…) during today’s Gospel reading.
Those poor fishermen had been out fishing all night and caught nothing. Jesus (a carpenter, you guys) told them to go out and try again.
Simon put up mild resistance, but did what Jesus asked anyways. To his great astonishment, Jesus miraculously filled their nets with fish.
Jesus didn’t just fill the nets – he filled them so much that the boats almost sank.
Now why did he go and do that? Couldn’t he give them a normal amount of fish? Why so many fish, Jesus?
Continue reading “The Burden of Blessing: Why So Many Fish, Jesus?”
Four Tips for Discipleship Parenting
“Kids will never learn if you don’t punish them.”
Let’s think about that for a moment.
A while ago, my son had picked up
this habit of growling. He growled when he was playing. He growled at his
sisters. He growled when I said something he didn’t like.
It drove me absolutely bonkers.
I tried every punishment I could to get him to stop.
I put him in time out. Separated him from the rest of the family. I took away his toys. His screen time. I sent him to his room. I yelled at him. I cut sugar from his diet. I could go on and on.
Nothing worked, of course.
Continue reading “What To Do When Punishment Doesn’t Cut it”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Wow! – what an amazing segue from last week’s reading to this week’s.
Last week we heard about all the different spiritual gifts in the Body of Christ.
It’s edifying and powerful to think about our gifts, discover them, and use them to serve the Church. I cried like a baby when I did the discernment of charisms.
This week’s second reading pick up there.
It starts by saying: Yes, pursue all spiritual gifts.
Then it changes course: But I will show you a still more excellent way.
Continue reading “Love is the Excellent Way of Life”
#MyMassTakeaway – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sometimes we treat our differences as excuses to pit ourselves against each other.
Homeschoolers against traditional schoolers. Stay at home moms against working moms. NOs against traddies.
The list goes on. Oily, crunchy, babywearers, breastfeeders, formula feeders, feminists, big families, small families – STOP.
Continue reading “It’s Time to Stop the War Within the Body of Christ”
We play Catholic Trivia over on Instagram each month. These are the questions and answers to this month’s #4thFridayTrivia game.
In the Bible, numbers often (though not always) carry great significance.
The number three often signifies wholeness, completeness, and perfection.
The central mystery of the Catholic faith involves the number three – the mystery of the Trinity: three persons in one God.
In honor of the Trinity, these Catholic Trivia questions revolve around the theme of the number three.
How much do you know about the threes in the Catholic faith?
Continue reading “What do You Know About the Catholic Three?”
#MyMassTakeaway for The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Water is the most common thing on earth.
Plain, clear, boring water. It’s not something we would call miraculous. Not something we would think is very special.
Continue reading “When You Bring the Water, Jesus Works the Miracle”
#MyMassTakeaway for The Baptism of the Lord.
Jesus lined up with the rest of the sinners.
He wasn’t concerned about his image. He wasn’t afraid what other people thought of him.
He didn’t stand up and announce, “Just so you know, guys, I’ve never sinned.”
Jesus was willing to sacrifice his self-image out of love for us, to give us the gift of baptism, to make the waters holy for us.
Continue reading “Get in Line with All the Other Sinners”
On Epiphany, we celebrate the day the Magi found Christ. Even though this was their first encounter with the Lord, I doubt it was the end of their journey.
A true encounter with Christ initiates a lifetime of seeking and following him. I have no doubt that the Magi returned to their homeland, inspired to orient their lives to service of Christ the King.
Continue reading “Epiphany: The Journey Has Just Begun”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018. Find the Mass readings here.
Something struck me when I heard the priest pray these words at the consecration during Mass today: “Make holy therefore these gifts by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall.”
Images flooded my mind.
Continue reading “Send Down Your Spirit Like the Dewfall”
Today’s the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Find the Mass Readings here: 3rd Sunday in Advent, December 16, 2018
Continue reading “Gaudete Sunday: Hang In There, Friends”