Stinky situation!

There are few things that keep me from enjoying my coffee as I ponder the Scripture of the day sitting in the beauty of our backyard. It’s a nice backyard, lots of flowers, birds and various other wildlife including a plethora of cats. Recently, I have felt like a hostage…

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August 6: Our Destiny, a Sunday Scriptures blog

This year the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time gets bumped by the Feast of the Transfiguration — the time when Peter, James and John had a vision type experience of Jesus, transformed before their eyes. I’m a deeply invested cradle Catholic. I can’t imagine how wrenching it would be for…

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Memories of friendship

I’ve sat by the side of the bed of many Sisters over the years as they lay dying. Recently, however, it was a Sister whom I’ve known for almost all of my life in community and who became a fast friend over the years. With her death, I can’t help…

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Treasure seeking

This is the final week of six Gospels which focus on instructions to disciples and descriptions of the kingdom setting where they are to work. So this Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 13:44-52) gives us three additional images and lessons about the kingdom: you have to want the kingdom bad enough that…

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And a little child shall lead them

Her name is Hannah and yet, many call her by her label, “Developmentally Delayed” or “Special Needs.” Hannah engages, deeply engages, with the people around her. She wants to know the person’s name and always asks, “are you okay?” Hannah is deeply empathetic and will approach anyone in a wheelchair,…

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Where are you?

Where are you? It is the most often question asked on cell phones now that we hardly use land phones anymore! I wonder if Jesus talked so much about the Kingdom because he wants us to understand clearly where we really are? In today’s Gospel, Jesus presents us disciples with…

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Thy Kingdom Come

Disciples, like Jesus had, and we who are their successors, have to have a long view of their discipleship. Today’s Epistle from Romans says “I consider the sufferings of the present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us … all creation is groaning in…

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Soaring

I was walking outside when I observed a majestic red-tailed hawk soaring high above a field. It was so inspiring to watch this awesome bird glide and soar on the currents of the wind. Suddenly a tiny sparrow began to dive at the hawk and pick at it and then retreat,…

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We’re in it together

Intimacy might be the key idea in the Gospel for this 14th week of ordinary time. Being a disciple can be a daunting idea and task. This week we are given a “you can do it” hug. How? In the first reading from Zechariah we hear about a king who…

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GPS

The other day I was driving home from an area of Los Angeles in which I am very unfamiliar. Getting home I used my GPS. Driving along the freeway the GPS informed me that I could save 28 minutes by taking another route. So, with my sense of exploration, I…

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