Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 29, 2019: Such a fine story!

  In a certain city, there was a nonprofit organization that worked to alleviate hunger. They would collect still-good food donated by grocery stores and restaurants and deliver it to community centers and churches that would distribute it to people who needed it. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 22, 2019: God or mammon?

“You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.”

      “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: Put second things first and we lose both first and second things.”

      These words of C.S. Lewis, the well-known Christian writer, capture the essence of today’s Gospel message. They remind us that putting God first is the way to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, putting God first is the only path to true Christian discipleship. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 15, 2019: More than forgiveness, please

Today’s first reading and Gospel both illustrate God’s mercy. In the first, God shows himself willing to forgive the Israelites for worshipping a golden statue of a bull, in clear violation of his instructions. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a story about a father who welcomes home a ne’er-do-well son who has squandered a good deal of the family property. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 8, 2019: Run so as to win

When a neighbor announced she planned to run a marathon, her motivation impressed us all. Even more remarkable was the transformation of her daily life as she prepared to achieve her goal.

      In the months leading to the marathon, she kept to a rigorous running schedule, made changes to her diet, ensured she got plenty of rest, and fought through the physical aches and pains that come with an intense training routine. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 1, 2019: The key to humility

Jesus counsels us to take a humble approach to situations in our lives. To illustrate his point, he offers this recommendation:

      “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 25, 2019: A spiritual marathon

When a neighbor announced she planned to run a marathon, her motivation impressed us all. Even more remarkable was the transformation of her daily life as she prepared to achieve her goal.

      In the months leading to the marathon, she kept to a rigorous running schedule, made changes to her diet, ensured she got plenty of rest, and fought through the physical aches and pains that come with an intense training routine. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 18, 2019: Jesus’ feelings

For the times when it’s hard to do the right thing, the author of today’s second reading makes a suggestion. Keep looking at Jesus, he says. Continue reading

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