Grace

Hope In the Midst of the Storm – Gospel Reading for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hope In the Midst of the Storm – Gospel Reading for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is difficult for any of us to keep our eyes trained on Christ in the midst of the storm. In truth, we cannot do so in our own strength. But by His grace we can trust that even when we fail to do so perfectly, the same hand that was immediately stretched out to Peter the moment he cried for help will also be stretched out to us. May we also become that hand of love and grace for others in the midst of their storms.

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Not Enough – Gospel Reading for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Not Enough – Gospel Reading for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the words of Fr. Johannes Emminghaus: “In the Eucharist the Church enters into this total self-giving of Christ, and we individually attempt to enter into it as fully as possible.” Ironically, as we do this we become more painfully aware of the fact that all that we have to offer is insufficient—not only for ourselves and our salvation, but also for His glory and for the good all those around us. We, quite simply, are not enough. It is the last thing we want to hear…but it is a vital step to sanctification, knowing that our hope lies not in our own strength or ability, but in God’s and His abundant and unfailing love. “My grace is sufficient for you,” the Lord told St. Paul, “for power is made perfect in weakness.”

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The Fullness of Wisdom – First Reading of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Fullness of Wisdom – First Reading of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second, the author celebrates something even deeper that he cannot quite name yet but has seen in action…That something is love, from which flows mercy upon mercy, and not only the hope of forgiveness but the active offer and gift of it through the blood of Jesus Christ. Only in Christ is the depth of wisdom fully achieved with the realization that not only does God love, He IS love, and everything else is an expression of that love.

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Denial and Conversion – Luke 22

Denial and Conversion – Luke 22

This is ultimately a story about the power of conversion. The gaze of Jesus towards Peter in that moment of his third denial was not condemnatory; it was a gaze of infinite love and mercy that made the horror and weight of his sin more apparent than ever (CCC 1429, 1432), but that also paved the way for his turning back towards— that is, his re-turn—to the very one whom he had denied.

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On Prodigals and Penance – Luke 15

On Prodigals and Penance – Luke 15

The importance of Lent cannot be forgotten, especially in this context. We must do penance before the Lord this season and return to Him. It is a time for all of us to come closer to the Lord through simple penance—penance that is not a mere demonstration of obedience, but a giving of the self to Him. We give of ourselves seeking only His presence in return.

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Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Just as the blind man only regains his sight in stages, so too, our ability to see and receive Jesus is a process of continually deepening vision and understanding enabled by his touch in our lives. We cannot receive it all at once, but in His Grace He reveals that for which we are ready, constantly guiding us further along on the journey.

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