Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

Every Light in the House is On

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Every Light in the House is On

Luke 12:32-48 I’m probably dating myself but there’s a country song by Trace Adkins I used to love to sing that pops into my head whenever I read a Gospel passage like this. Lucky for you, I’ll simply list the chorus lyrics here rather than sing it: “Every light in the house is onThe backyard's bright as the crack of dawnThe front walk looks like runway lightsIt's kinda like noon in the dead of nightEvery light in the house is onJust in case you ever do get tired of being goneEvery light in the house is on.” How many of...

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Storing Up Riches for Others

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Storing Up Riches for Others

I can't help but think of this passage every time I pass a self-storage business. Yes, that means I think of this passage a lot. Like weeds of greed along the highways and byways they dot the landscape in every city. For folks on a pilgrimage, we sure gather a lot of junk. Yet, hardly ever do we consider parting with our junk. After reading today's Gospel I couldn't help but think of the many families that have been torn apart because of fighting over inheritance. I have read stories of brothers and sisters in vicious law suits attacking and...

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Woe to Me

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Woe to Me

Luke 11:42-46 I don't often think of Jesus letting folks "have it", but occasionally He does. Today's Gospel is in the midst of an onslaught of rebukes directed towards the Scribes and Pharisees. For nearly two full chapters Jesus has been challenged and questioned by the teachers of the Law and now He shoots back.  In today's Gospel Jesus speaks harshly to the Pharisees. So much for the "Jesus-loves-you-no-matter-what" kindergarten approach to Christ. He points to their hypocrisy in word and practice. He shows them how they have lost sight of what God has called them to Too often I...

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Washing the Dirt of our Soul

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Washing the Dirt of our Soul

Luke 11:37-41 O my friend. You invited me to dine with you and I gladly accepted. Yet, I thought it was out of charity that you invited me and not to be my judge. Is this the way you treat all of your guests? Do you invite them in simply to judge them according to yourself? Where is thy charity? Where is thy love for thy fellow man? Dost thou treat a beggar or an orphan in the same fashion? O my friend. You are concerned with the the ceremony and the outside but not what is going on within....

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The Eternal Shore

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The Eternal Shore

Luke 11:29-32 Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis have said, in so many words and in their own unique style, that the problem is not that God has not fully revealed himself to man but rather that He has revealed too much and it is too difficult for us to comprehend. It is difficult to understand how the Creator could be held by His creation. It is difficult to reckon how God could take on human suffering even until death, death on the cross. Is this God really all-powerful, all-knowing, all-everything as the catechisms tell us?...

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