Who is this God?

In his book “The Greatest Miracle in the World” the philosopher Augustine “Og” Mandino presents an interview of God with the human entitled. “The Memorandum of God”, which would leave no human indifferent, and here are some excerpts: Be aware of my message, I hear your cry… He has come...

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Anselm

Readings for April 21 Psalm 37, verses 32, 33 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom * and their tongue speaks what is right The law of their God is in their heart * and their footsteps shall not falter  Romans 5, verse 1 Therefore, since we are justified by...

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When the future comes with a question mark

Although we are still in Eastertide, life after Easter Week usually seems like a return to normalcy. We have not yet reached Ordinary Time in the Church Year, but we have descended from the liturgical heights of Easter. Admittedly, this year’s celebration was very different from our usual Easter, but...

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Groaning under burden

“For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to...

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Hesed

Today’s appointed psalm uses the phrase ‘(God’s) steadfast love is eternal,‘ twenty-six times. The phrase ‘steadfast love,’ which in Hebrew is hesed, is found in the New Jewish Publication Society’s translation.  Hesed, God’s steadfast love is revealed and continues to reveal the character of God for the Jewish people.  In...

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Change of Perspective

Today we read of the second miracle of fish in John 21. The first miracle of fish is in Luke 5 at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. There, Jesus was in the boat, now Jesus, in a post resurrection appearance is on the shore waiting to have breakfast with the...

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Man of Dust, Man of Glory

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. …. But...

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Grace comes in many forms

Well, peeps! It finally happened. Your Editor forgot to assign today to a blogger. I’m choosing to see it as post-Easter collapse, rather than premature senility. But grace comes in many forms. Yesterday evening, I opened my e-mail to find a reflection from a parishioner who offered to let me...

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Steadfast love

Well, here we are on Tuesday in Easter week, and though I know that Easter arrived on Sunday, somehow it feels like we’re still in an in-between place, more like Holy Saturday than the joyous, springlike, hope-filled Easters I remember from more than sixty years of life. I loved our...

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Fear not

In this time of pandemic where Lent has become a daily reality that is a bit heavy, I was very much looking forward to entering into the liturgy of the Easter season. Having said that, given the present context, this liturgical time is imposing itself in a different way than...

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Holy Saturday

Joseph took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in a clean linen sheet, and laid it in his own unused tomb.      A few years ago, I found my life in ruins. I had lost more than I thought I could lose, both professionally and personally. I was cut...

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At the foot of the cross

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect...

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