“Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
— John 8:11
In this one phrase of today’s Gospel, Jesus shows His mercy as well as giving a stern warning. It’s about making the choice every day to reconcile to Him.
To sin no more.
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I was part of an RCIA team for many years, and absolutely loved the weeks which led up to the Easter Vigil initiation of our new church members. It’s always a very emotional time.
If the priest chooses, he can use three Gospel readings from Church Year A for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. These are three particularly deep and powerful stories of Jesus’ ministry while on earth.
On this 4th Sunday of Lent, the RCIA reading is of the man born blind. It’s something I can related to very much this year.
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A lot of our prayers seem to focus on convincing God to change His mind. But God is eternal, all-knowing, and unchanging.
God is love, and is always reaching out to help me come to Him. Whatever I pray isn’t going to change that.
So really, these prayers are about changing MY focus, my outlook, my heart.
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I firmly believe that we’re here to help each other.
There are many times when it feels like I’m on a lonely journey, it’s about ME finding my holy path and getting to heaven. But Jesus made it clear that it’s not just about loving God, but loving each other.
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Love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. — Luke 27:37
Yesterday was our celebration of all the saints, and today we’ve expanded it to All Souls.
It seems to be a uniquely Catholic tradition: spending a day considering ALL of humanity. Each and every one of us.
Even people who didn’t make it to heaven. Because we have to pray for everyone on The Journey, through all time and all space.
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Today’s readings contain powerful messages of people being healed. By Jesus, by God, by the Apostles.
Because all of us are broken. Whether it’s visible or not.
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Forgiveness is a tricky thing.
I always had the mindset that forgiveness was something I had to earn from God through doing good works and confessing my sins.
Be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
— Eph 4:32
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This is Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter. We don’t tend to think very deeply about the term Shepherd, treating it as just one of the many names we use for Christ.
But we are the sheep in this metaphor. And sheep aren’t, well, very honored. We view them as rather dumb.
Which is actually appropriate. When it comes to spiritual wisdom, we tend to rate rather poorly. Well, maybe it’s just me.
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I’ve been doing an interesting little experiment lately.
I try changing the prayers from talking about us/we/our to instead talk about I/me/my. It’s just an experiment, to help me see how it feels.
There’s a fascinating result: It feels like I’m taking more ownership and accountability for my relationship with God, Jesus, and Mary.
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We rely on God’s love and mercy every moment of every day. And boy, do we need it!
But mercy isn’t exclusive to God, as we find in a couple of our prayers.
We name Mary as mother of mercy, which can mean two things. First, she’s the mother of Jesus, and Jesus embodies mercy in action. And second, we honor Mary’s role in heaven as a pathway to receiving mercy from God and the Son.
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