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Be Persistent; Not Annoying!

A reflection for the 29th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings are Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm: 12; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke 18:1-8.

About two years ago, I was home in Panama and I had rented a car to go to a Charismatic Youth Gathering. It was a wonderful weekend – very Spirit-filled. A lot of Faith. I don’t know what I was thinking on my way back, but I was probably on a bit of a high. If Jesus came back to earth, He would find Faith on earth. I had just experienced it.

As I approached the city, I had to go through a check point. Now, you know when you see a check point, you have to go through. You can’t turn around. The mostly wave you on, but as I approached, I knew. As soon as I saw him, he made eye contact with me and I knew.

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Put Your Trust in Him

 A reflection for the19th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings are Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 and Luke 12:32-48.

Let me begin by quoting the first thing that Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel:

“Do not be afraid any longer little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”

Read it again: “Your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.” Do you believe that? Do you really believe that God will give you the Kingdom?

Most of us don’t.

Not really.

Because it’s hard to believe all these promises. It’s hard to believe that they are for me.

Do you really believe Jesus when He says that God will give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32)? Do you believe Jesus when He says that everything you ask in His name, the Father will give you (John 14:13-16)? Do you believe Him when He says that He will be with us always until the end of time (Matthew 28:20)?

We don’t really – we are like the servant in the Gospel who doesn’t really think that the Master is going to return any time soon. Read more…

‘Lord, teach us to pray’

A reflection for the 17th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings are Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:12-14 and Luke 11:1-13.

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A few weeks ago I had dinner with two guys who had lived in a community called Cenacolo. It’s a religious community for men that struggle with addictions. It’s a religious community, but when these guys went, they weren’t very religious – but they were desperate, so they went. But once they got there they wondered about all this “God” stuff. The community depends on the generosity of their neighbours for donations of food and, well, everything. These guys decided to pray: “If God wants us to stay here, He’ll give us something…. Let’s pray for something random…. a soccer ball… it would be good to have a soccer ball to kick around. If God wants us to stay here, He will send us a soccer ball.” So they made this, not-very-sincere prayer, to test God. The next day – I am not making this up – the next day, the community received a large donation from somewhere, a business or somewhere that had closed, and so they got furniture and other stuff – not sure what else. As they are going through the donations, they find a duffle bag. They open the bag and inside is, not one, but like 10 soccer balls! (Not making it up, but maybe I am exaggerating a bit… for dramatic effect!)
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Tiempo Ordinario

Manejando por Saskatchewan. Foto de Peacenik en Pixabay.

Como ya muchos de ustedes saben, nací y crecí en Panamá. No se como sea en otros paises latinoamericanos, pero en Panamá se dice que solo hay dos “estaciones”. Tenemos la temporada “lluviosa” y la temporada “seca”. Los árboles tienen hojas durante todo el año y tenemos verduras y frutas frescas durante todo el año.

Todos los días en Panamá son bastante iguales ya sea enero o julio. El amanecer y el atardecer ocurren prácticamente a la misma hora durante todo el año; La temperatura suele ser aproximadamente la misma durante todo el año.

Es difícil tener un sentido de las estaciones cuando todo es tan… ordinario.

Ahora que vivo en Canadá, tengo un mejor sentido de las temporadas.

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