“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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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’m sure everyone struggles with their own temptations.
The devil said to Him,
“If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here!”
— Luke 4:9
But when I recognize that Satan is behind these, it somehow gives me more hope.
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“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?”
— Luke 6:39
Boy, do I need guidance right now.
It’s a struggle sometimes, because I fall into patterns of insensitivity. Blindness.
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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
When I was five years old, I went camping with my family and our cousins. We were close to a stream, so my uncle Fred placed a large stick on the bank with firm instructions not to cross it lest we fall in.
I was five, so I crossed the stick. And fell into the rushing water.
Obviously, I survived the incident, because my uncle was able to run down the valley and pull me out before I drowned.
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I’ve been taught three forms of the translation for et dimitte nobis debita nostra in the Lord’s Prayer:
- Forgive us our sins
- Forgive us our debts
- Forgive us our trespasses
It’s struck me that these seem to be three distinctly different concepts, perhaps not even related to each other. But hang on a second!
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Jesus often healed with the words, “your faith has healed you.”
Which I find fascinating. Didn’t Jesus heal?
Is it just that Jesus was modest? Hardly, not when He repeatedly declared Himself the Son of God and Son of Man.
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Our thoughts today are on serving the Lord:
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” — Joshua 24:15
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” — John 6:67-68
When we confess that we want God’s will to be done, this is exactly what it means. We will serve God, and we will serve others because that’s God’s will.
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Today we’re ending the readings called the “bread of life discourse” from the book of John. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and we’ll spend an entire lifetime learning what this means.
God’s only Son, the ever-eternal Christ, came to us as Jesus of Nazareth. He gave His body, His entire life, to have us join with God.
As an analytic engineer type, my natural question is: So how does THAT work? Well, I’ve decided this is the wrong question.
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