Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Meditations

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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In Conversation With God

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In Conversation With God

THE CONVERSATION Me: Jesus, can we talk? Jesus: Sure, we can talk anytime. What's up? Me: What's up? What's up? Today's Gospel is "what's up." I can't make heads or tails of the whole thing. Just when I think I know You, everything changes! Jesus: What? What did I say? Me: Okay look, over and over I have been told things like Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the Devil is the author of division. Every "You" lover shouts "peace!" Heck, sorry, I've even heard You say things like, "blessed are the peace makers." Then there are the songs,...

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A New Ark of the Covenant

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A New Ark of the Covenant

Luke 1:39-56 The new ark, house of gold, With haste unto the hills. To kinswoman, barren, now with child, Holy Spirit filled. Simple greeting brings the grace, A new David dances unconcerned. Elizabeth filled exclaims aloud, Blessed be thy womb. How can this be? Why me this grace? The mother of my Lord? On such familiar face! Too good to me, Is the Lord above, The fulfillment of the promise, In one I dearly love. Enmity, enmity, Garden, serpent, Eve. The crushing of his head, Does now begin with thee. Magnify the Lord, Chosen handmaid, fair. His mercy now and...

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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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