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Lent Will Get Hard

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

So how’s Lent going? Has it gotten difficult yet? Because it’s going to.

The Gospel says that Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.” Often I think we hear the word desert and the first things that come to mind is sand and rock and heat… but in scripture a desert is firstly a place of isolation, where there are no distractions to hide from your inner struggles. And just like Jesus, we have begun our forty days of being in the desert. I ask if Lent has gotten difficult yet because like Jesus we are going to come face-to-face with temptations of our own.

Resurrection, More Than Just Life

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

A few years ago I was asked a fascinating question by a sixth grader in a PSR class. After talking to the class about whatever the main topic topic was I had some time to kill, so I was encouraging them to ask me anything, absolutely anything about any topic. After they started to loosen up and speak a little more freely this one boy raised his hand and asked this question with excitement and curiosity: “Is there anyway to not die?”

Pain, Truth, and Love

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

No one asks to receive a prophetic message. In Christianity, prophecy is not knowledge of the future as much as it is a message of repentance. Prophecy is a message that says, “Look at your behavior. Look what you are doing and how you a living. If you continue on this path bad things are going to happen. You are not who you should be.” And the thing that really burns about receiving a prophetic message is that

Inviting Christ to be Active

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

In the life of the Church when we talk about vocations we typically are referring to the four major vocations: single life, married life, religious life, and priestly life. Each and every one of us is called by God to at least one of these vocations. Today’s readings obviously focus on the vocation of the married life, but while doing that it reveals something that is relevant to us all, in every state of life that is in this room. So whether you are married or not, consider what took place at the wedding of Cana.

God Loves First

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord that we celebrate today marks the beginning of Jesus’s public ministry. It was after this that he would go out into the desert for the forty days and then returns to Galilee to begin preaching. And the end of this gospel that we heard was a beautiful line that is worth praying with: “you are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Now I want you to take a step back for a minute and think about the larger picture of the entire story of Jesus’s life… his ministry, his preaching, his miracles, his suffering and death, his resurrection… all of it. When in his life’s story would it make sense for the Father to say “I am well pleased with you”?