Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

The Most Ridiculous Commandment

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The Most Ridiculous Commandment

Mark 2:23-28 Thou shalt rest. Thou shalt take it easy. Thou shalt relax, read, spend time with friends and family. Thou shalt spend time with Me for one day before going back to work. How many of us have ever uttered these words or similar words? - I'm so busy, I need a break, If I only had some free time I would (insert favorite activity here). I always thought the third Commandment was sort of ridiculous. Who needs to be told to take a day off? Who needs to be told to not work? Most of us spend an...

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Undaunted Faith

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Undaunted Faith

Mark 2:1-12 There is so much to this reading. Every time I read it I think of something different to meditate on. In the past I have always seen the paralytic as merely along for the ride. I have read it with the idea that perhaps he was telling his friends to put him down or to give up. Maybe he was discouraged by the crowd and asked them to simply take him home and they could try another day when Jesus wasn't so busy. Maybe that says more about my personality and what I need to work on. But...

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Asking God for Signs

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Asking God for Signs

Mark 1:14-20 If you are like me, you have probably asked God for a sign at one time in your life. I can think of at least a dozen times when I have asked God for some sort of sign. I have asked for signs that would help me make a decision. I have asked for signs to show me what I was to do in life. I have asked for signs to help me win the lottery - hey, I'm a weak, sinful, selfish human person who is still loved by God! God is patient when we ask for...

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My Beloved Son

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My Beloved Son

The Baptism of Our Lord Luke 3:13-17 I have always been confused by the arrangement of the liturgical feasts after Christmas. Not that they're in the wrong order but in the fact that we jump from the infancy to adulthood in a matter of days. Couple that with the ingrained idea of Baptism usually being administered to infants and you can see how I can easily be confused. Today the Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus. It celebrates this public revelation that this Jesus of Nazareth is truly the Son of God. In fact, He is God's "beloved Son." For...

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Withdraw to the Wilderness

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Withdraw to the Wilderness

Luke 5:12-16 Some may read today's Gospel and say that Jesus is acting selfishly. He has the power to "heal their infirmities." He has a gift that makes people want to listen to His words. "But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed." Jesus is here giving us a lesson by example. He is showing us that no matter how pressing issues in our life may be, we must take time to pray. We must withdraw to our own wilderness, a room in the back of the house, a chapel, a walk down the street, a park, or any other...

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