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Ephphatha: See and Love as God Sees and Loves

“‘Ephphatha’ by Thomas Davidson, 1872

A reflection on the 23rd Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year B. The readings are Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-5 and Mark 7:31-37.

There was once a wise sage, a native elder, who asked his students to tell him how they could know the exact moment when the dawn had arrived: When was that precise moment when it was no longer night and it was now day. A student put up her hand. “I know teacher! I know that the dawn has arrived when there’s just enough light that if I see an animal 100 feet away I can tell whether it’s a dog or a deer.” “That’s very good,” said the teacher, “but that’s not the answer I was looking for.” Another student put up his hand. “I know, teacher! We know that the dawn has arrived when there’s just enough light that if we see a tree 50 feet away, we can tell whether it’s a fir tree or a spruce tree.” “That’s also good,” said the teacher, “but it’s not the answer I am looking for.” And so, other students had different ideas as to how to know the precise moment that the dawn had arrived, but none had the answer the teacher was looking for. So they asked, “Tell us teacher, what’s your answer? How do you know that the dawn has arrived?”
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You are not sheep; You are shepherd


A reflection for the 16th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year B. The readings are: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:13-18 and Mark 6:30-34.

Psalm 23 is the most popular or well-known Psalm: The Lord is my Shepherd.

“The Lord is my Shepherd… there is nothing I shall want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. To restful waters He leads me… He refreshes my soul.”

It’s a beautiful Psalm. You should learn it. It’s a great prayer.

I just came back from Bolivia – from the 5th Missionary Congress of the Americas. It was great because there were missionaries from all over the continent, but also a lot of people who are not missionaries. That’s good because we are all called to be missionaries; to have missionary hearts. We are all called to go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

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Rooting for the Little Guy


A reflection for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. The readings are Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 and Mark 4:26-34.

It’s Father’s Day today and all I can think of is…. The World Cup!

I love how people decide who they will cheer for during the World Cup. Of course you will likely first cheer for your home country, but if your country didn’t classify (sorry Italy!) then, how do you decide who to cheer for?

If I were to ask you right now, who’s going to win the World Cup, you’d be divided into two groups: The people who go with the usual suspects; the big and powerful soccer nations: Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France, England and Portugal. We can maybe even include Sweden, Belgium and Uruguay in that group.
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¿Quién es el más fuerte y mejor?


A reflection for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. The readings are Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 and Mark 4:26-34.

Hoy celebramos el dia del Padre, pero el tema que nos consume es el Mundial.

Me encanta preguntarle a la gente a quien le va en el Mundial. Obviamente en Panamá todos queremos que Panamá gane, aunque sabemos que no es posible. Pero tenemos esperanza.

Pero después que descalifiquen a Panamá, ¿a quién le vas?

Siempre que pregunto hay dos tipos de respuestas. Hay el grupo de gente que apuestan por los mas fuertes y los mejores – los que de verdad pueden ganar: Brasil, Argentina, España, Francia, Alemania, Inglaterra, Portugal. Quizas hasta podemos incluir a Suecia, Bélgica y Uruguay.
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