Tag Archives: St. Paul

Y’all Rejoice!

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Run Time: approximately 10 minutes.

Epistle: Phil. 4:4-7 (Joy and Peace.)

Gospel: Jn. 1:19-28 (John the Baptist’s Testimony to Himself.)

…in the midst of our Advent penance and preparations, in the midst of our recognition of our need for a savior and really our unreadiness to receive Him. How much work has to be done – how much preparation there is that remains undone. The Church tells us, “Rejoice” using the words of St. Paul as he says: “In all things, rejoice.”

Charity Is…

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Run Time: approximately 10 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 22:1-14.

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Faithful Stewardship

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Run Time: approximately 13 minutes. Gospel: Mt 21:33-43.

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Peter, Guarantor of Unity

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Run Time: approximately 10 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 16:13-20.

Regardless of the strengths or the gifts, or even the weaknesses and the shortcomings, of a particular successor of Peter, we have the obligation to preserve that communion of the Church in him who is the guarantor of that unity that Jesus prayed for…

Who Are God’s People?

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Run Time: approximately 9 and a half minutes.
Gospel: Mt 15:21-28.

There is God, there are His people… and that’s it.

Now due to the sin of Adam, we have separated ourselves from God and each other. We think of ‘us people’ and ‘those people’ – and sometimes those people aren’t described with much flattery. … So how do ‘us’ and ‘those’ become a people?

The Parable of the Sower

Epistle: 2 Cor 11:19-33; 12:1-9
Gospel: Lk 8: 4-15

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Run Time: approximately 5 1/2 minutes.


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Run Time: approximately 12 1/2 minutes.

On Work

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Run Time: 13:47. 2nd Reading: 2 Thes 3:7-12.

Our own efforts and labors have been an integral part of our dignity in the image and likeness of the Creator. That’s why it is such a challenge and really such a struggle – more than just financially – to be out of work. To lose that thing whereby I express the gifts that God has given me. And we run the risk of losing sight of that participation in the creative work of God, whether it comes to my gain and benefit or simply as a living out of the blessings God has given me. That participation is more than about ‘well, how useful am I?’ And we can say this is this attitude of St. Paul – to be busy about that for which God has equipped me; is about more than just, ‘well, do you have a job?’ But even for those, for those out of work or for even those unable, there is still some call to participate in the work of God.

God Is God And I Am Not

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Run Time: 13:08. Gospel: Lk 17:5-10.

Children have a way of reminding parents that as much as we depend upon these things and try to attend to them, you don’t get to set the schedule. Things do not always go as planned and even the best application of parental wisdom is subject to the veto of a … well timed melt down. To some degree, we are reminded in the exercise of parenthood that even this is less dominion and more stewardship. That there is another Who calls the shots. And it’s as I say a good lesson in detachment which is a necessary condition of faith. To put it another way – that God is God and I am not. And I work and I apply my efforts and I use the gifts and the talents that God has placed at my disposal – but He is still God and I am not.