Love is the Excellent Way of Life

#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.

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It’s Time to Stop the War Within the Body of Christ

#MyMassTakeaway Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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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.

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When You Bring the Water, Jesus Works the Miracle

#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.

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Get in Line with All the Other Sinners

#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.

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Epiphany: The Journey Has Just Begun

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.

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Send Down Your Spirit Like the Dewfall

#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.

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