Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Matthew

Woe to you, part two!

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Woe to you, part two!

Wednesday, August 28th St. Augustine Matthew 23:27-32 By looking at my "blog" picture you wouldn't think that I was at one time a slave to fashion. But long ago, how I looked was all that I cared about. For high school I had to have exactly the right look. Now granted, it wasn't the most popular look or the most in style. I wanted to look like, and act like, Dwight Yoakam (a country singer...please, no snickering). My hair was long, almost to the middle of my back. I wore torn up jeans, that were thread bare at the knees,...

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Co-workers in the Vineyard

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Co-workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16 Entitlement mentality is what I think we could call it. It is this idea that if we have been doing good all along we should be entitled to more of a reward than the person who just recently began living a good and holy life. I believe it is a major consequence of original sin and very much tied to pride. No one is exempt from this pattern of behavior. My wife and I have a difficult time persuading our four-year-old to eat supper every night. It is simply one meal he doesn't care to eat. We use...

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What do I still lack?

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What do I still lack?

St. John Eudes Matthew 19:16-22 (Happy 19th Anniversary to my wife and me!) It is easy for me to place myself in the shoes of the rich young man in today's Gospel. Not because I am rich of course but because I too like the path of least resistance. I too want to lean on my past accomplishments and not be challenged to go the extra mile. As always I like to focus on the repeats in the Gospel and with this passage we have the word "good" mentioned three times. When I read this repetition I am reminded that...

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Why Jesus wants us to go to our brother first.

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Why Jesus wants us to go to our brother first.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr Matthew 18:15-20 Someone once said, “it’s not the parts of scripture that I don’t understand that give me trouble but the parts that I do understand.” Today’s Gospel is exactly one of those parts. I understand fully that Christ wants me to take my grievances to my brother but this almost never happens. What usually happens when my brother sins against me is that I go to others, not him. However, I don’t go seeking their help but to talk about what has been done to me. I search out open ears willing to listen to...

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A fishy story from the Bible

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A fishy story from the Bible

Peter: ...and I kid you not.  I threw the line in just as Jesus told me and I pulled out this enormous fish.  I mean, I fought him for a good 10 minutes... Thomas: Peter: ...no really, and then, when I finally got him to shore, I opened his mouth and there was a coin worth exactly twice the Temple tax just like Jesus said. Thomas: Peter: What? Thomas: I doubt that's what really happened... There are a lot of great fish stories in the bible but this one truly is a whopper.  Sandwiched between miracles, parables, and the Transfiguration...

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