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Author of Life

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Run Time: 10:35. Gospel: Lk 7:11-17.

And on the day of his (Paulo’s) death, they sent a messenger to St. Philip asking him to come immediately. When the messenger arrived at the church of St. Jerome, where St. Philip was living at the time, he found him offering Mass and so couldn’t interrupt him. After Mass, the messenger found St. Philip in the sacristy and gave him the message and he went right away. And found the boy already passed and the parents were bathing the boy and preparing him. And St. Philip came into the room in an image that recalls the prayer of Elijah – laid himself over the boy and then he sat up and he cried aloud to God and he called to Paulo three times by name, and washed his face with holy water and placed some on his lips and again called to him – and the boy’s eyes opened…

Eucharist: Proof of God’s Desire for Us

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Gospel: Jn 6:41-51.

Christianity, Catholicism, is not a list of do’s and don’ts. Truly that’s part of who we are, but Christianity is more than doing certain things and abstaining from other things; it is about God’s active desire to lead every person to the fullness of life that they yearn for. Everything that Christ taught and did – everything that the Church teaches and does – is directed towards that goal.

Great Things Do Happen

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Run Time: 08:02. Gospel: Jn 6:1-15.

So that makes this even more of an impossibility. Five little biscuits and two little fishes to feed 10 thousand people. Phillip nervously points out, sort of being the obvious character in this story, even a whole year’s worth of salary, 200 denarii, could not buy enough food for such a feast. Still, when the apostles handed over their paltry resources (this brave gift of this little boy) to Christ, five loaves and the two fish became more than enough to do the job. The same goes for all of… for each one of us, whatever we have, how meager it might be, when we give it over to God great things can happen. Not even ‘can happen,’ great things do happen.

For man things are not possible, but for God everything is possible.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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Run Time: 6:33.  Gospel: Mt 9:1-8

…that the power of God in the confessional, through the hands of the priest, the minister of the sacrament, is so generous and so freely given to anyone who comes who is sorry for offending God and neighbor.  Perhaps we could ask ourselves, then in our own lives: … in what ways do we manifest in our lives outwardly, our faith in the fact that we have been forgiven of our sins?

Love as God Loves

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Run Time: 0:14:36.  Gospel: Mt 14:13-21.

 This is not an esoteric idea – or a fond wish. In John’s gospel it becomes a command. In the context of the washing of the feet and the institution of the priesthood and the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper – John 15th chapter. ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ As I have loved you. This is how they, the world, will know that you are my disciples. By your love for one another. And so the question becomes, then, what is it that holds us back from fulfilling this commandment. Fear. Fear. We are afraid that if we give ourselves to others, our time, talent, treasure, attention, help, comfort, … we are afraid that if we give what we have we won’t have enough left over for ourselves. But today … fear has been obliterated. Our Lord took five barley loaves and two fishes – not even enough really to feed Himself, let alone His apostles, He blest and broke them (prefigurement of the Eucharist) and there was not only enough to feed all of those people, but also His disciples … in the end there were 12 baskets left over, much more than they even started with at the beginning.