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Through the Storm

A reflection for the 19th Sunday, Ordinary time, Year A. The readings are 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Psalm 85; Romans 9:1-5 and Matthew 14:22-33.

“You of little faith.” I can imagine what it felt like to be told that by Jesus: “You don’t have faith. If only you had the faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move over there and it would move. You guys don’t have faith.” And this is the disciples he’s speaking with. And then they would have heard Jesus saying to this sinner or that pagan, “go, your faith has made you well.” What did that feel like? Those people had more faith than the disciples? I can imagine what it would feel like if Jesus told me that I didn’t have enough faith.
I think the problem is that we think that having faith has to do with believing in certain ideas or doing certain religious things: I have faith because I go to Mass on Sundays. I have faith because I pray the Rosary every day and I believe that it will make my life better. I have faith because I believe everything the Church teaches. I have faith because I believe that the bread and wine actually become the body, blood, soul and divinity, the full presence of Jesus Christ.

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All good things come in threes

A reflection for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A. The readings are Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 and John 3:16-18.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and of course I am thinking of the number three. Trinity means three and it refers to the mystery of our Faith that even though God is one God, God is also three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And so I am thinking of the number three.

Along with the numbers seven, twelve and forty, three is an important biblical number. I looked it up and found out that the number three appears in the Bible some 467 times!

A lot of important things happen in threes:
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How Do We Know the Way?

A reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A. The readings are Acts 6:1-7, Psalm 33, 1 Peter 2:4-9 and John 14:1-12.

Remember back in the day when we used maps? I love maps. I love seeing the whole picture. Where we are, where we are going, what route options we have, where we came from… Remember having the map on the passenger seat and being able only to glance at it long enough to focus and find your place before you had to watch the road again? Those were the days of road trips!

That’s why I don’t like GPS. The GPS just tells you where you are right now and what the next turn is. I like to know where I am coming from and where I am going. I guess, at least the GPS has got one thing right: In order for it to tell you how to get there, you have to know where you are going.

And we know where we are going. You’ve heard me say dozens of times that we have one destination: Heaven. And our pastor has been saying recently that there is only one reason for all this religion stuff: to be religious. To be closer to God. Why? So we can get to our destination.
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I Am With You, Always!

A reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A. The readings are Acts 2:14, 22-33, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:17-21 and Luke 24:13-35.

Every time I do a baptism, I use one of my favourite Gospel passages: From Matthew 28, 18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end if time.” I especially love the last line, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” He says “remember” because that’s the part we forget.

And I don’t know about you, but I know why I forget. I’ve never see God. I’ve never heard the voice of Jesus. He’s never spoken to me in a dream. The disciples knew Jesus was with them because he was with them. Mary knew what was going to happen because an angel appeared to her and told her. But what do we have? A promise: Remember, I am with you always, until the end of time.
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