Christmas is Coming Week 1: Wake Up! Awakening Desire

Dear brothers and sisters, Christmas is the season of hope. The season awakens in us the deepest desire of heart that life could be and should be better. We hope we will get what we want for Christmas; we hope the season will be filled with cheer; we hope that our families will get along with one another. We have hope, and yet we also have fears that maybe our hope is unfounded. It can be dangerous to hope, because hope unfulfilled makes the heart sick. Hope unfulfilled can be painful. So often, we manage expectations and disappointments. We feel like we should give up because nothing good happens. However, Christ didn’t come to lower our expectations, but to exceed them. In this ser

Feast of Christ the King

This weekend’s Masses celebrate the very end of the Liturgical Year, and today we recognize that Jesus Christ is King of the Universe. In today’s Gospel reading, from the story of the Crucifixion according to St. Luke, we hear about the “bad thief” and the “good thief.” The bad thief is mocking Jesus, joining in with Jesus persecutors, rejecting the idea of Jesus’ Kingship. The good thief acts out of humility, contrition, care for the other, and a sense of faith in God. He is one of the few present who recognizes Jesus’ Kingship – and his faith is rewarded. Like the bad thief, we sometimes act out of our fallen state, and carry guilt. No matter how much we try, we cannot save ourselves

Response Ability Week 6: Giving As An Act of Worship

During the course of this series, we have been talking about taking responsibility for our hearts and souls, and for the mission of the Church. Jesus mentions three personal disciplines or habits of disciples: prayer, fasting, and giving. A few weeks ago, we spoke about how our use of money and possessions either helps us to love God and love people, or it will corrupt us. Several weeks ago we heard at Mass the parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-8). At the end of the parable, Jesus says, I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9). In other words, use your money and possessions as

Response Ability Week 5: Store Your Treasure in Heaven

Dear brothers and sisters, We have an ability to respond to God’s goodness and graciousness, and how we respond shapes our souls. As disciples, we take responsibility both for the formation of our hearts and souls, and we take responsibility for the mission of the Church. We’ve been talking about prayer and giving. Last week we said that our possessions will either draw us closer to God or corrupt our souls. Today we will talk about looking at our material goods through the “lens” of eternity. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:19). Jesus is saying that it’s n

Response Ability Week 4: Greed vs. Giving

Dear brothers and sisters, In this series, we have been talking about how we have an ability to respond to God’s goodness and grace, and how this enables us to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We take personal responsibility for our own souls, and we also take responsibility to support the mission of the Church to make disciples. Jesus speaks of three personal disciplines or habits for growth in discipleship: prayer, fasting, and giving. In the first three weeks of this series we have talked about prayer. Today we begin a discussion about giving. God is a giver; and money and possessions will either draw us closer to God, or corrupt us. God is the source of all things: he gives us g

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