Gratitude

Life from the Dead – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Life from the Dead – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

“Often today people don’t believe there is much wrong with the human race and with themselves in particular. As a result they don’t see very much need for God’s grace…All that God has to offer, it seems, is a kind of spiritual enhancement of ordinary life, a gentle enrichment of what’s already there rather than a radical rescue from imminent danger…But Paul’s gospel is all about grace that is more than mere enrichment. It gives life to the dead.” (N.T. Wright)

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He Gave Thanks – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday of Advent

He Gave Thanks – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday of Advent

To find life right here and now, Paul exhorts us to “give thanks in all circumstances.” Ann Voskamp has shown us a place to begin – start making a list and never stop. Keep a gratitude journal. From the greatest gift to the most common, in all things give thanks. Appropriate to the Christmas season, G.K Chesterton once said, “When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not thankful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” Why, indeed?

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Our Inspirations in Faith – Second Reading of the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Inspirations in Faith – Second Reading of the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is often people that are far less famous that have provided some my greatest inspiration. They are members of my family, people I work with, fellow parishioners, friends, and sometimes total strangers whose lives and actions have at times become faith, hope, and love incarnate. Unfortunately, their lives are also the ones I most often neglect to call to mind and give thanks for, much to the harm of my own soul.

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A Fragrant Life – John 12

A Fragrant Life – John 12

Mary is certainly, by anticipation, the first Easter Person, the person we are all meant to be, the person whose great gratitude overflows daily in extravagant acts of love for our Lord, the beauty of which “fill the house with their fragrance.” May the beauty of her example inspire us and may our lives be likewise filled with exuberant, extravagant, and fragrant acts of love for Jesus.

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Finding Our Place at His Feet – Luke 17

Finding Our Place at His Feet – Luke 17

This may seem like a simple case of ingratitude (as if such a thing could be simple when it comes to our response to God!), but in fact this story suggests otherwise. When the man returns to express his gratitude, Jesus says to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’ To what faith is he referring? No doubt to the faith that informed his obedience in going to the priests with the other lepers in the first place, but also the faith that compelled him to turn around, go back and acknowledge the hand of God in the healing and new life he had just received. This faith is not so much an instance of cognitive certitude about God’s ability to work or act in a specific way, but rather an entire orientation of trust, obedience and gratitude that reaches its pinnacle in his impulsive act of worship at the feet of Jesus.

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