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How big is your God? It seems that whenever we “understand” God, or try to define and put God in a box, God surprises us, because God is always bigger. Just picture the people of God in the context of the words we heard from Isaiah today. They understood themselves to be called and chosen by God, and once had ...
My dad was a banker. Midway during his career he had a lot of successful Chinese businessmen as clients. I remember when I was a kid and his clients would have big celebrations like a wedding or birthday. They would not just invite my dad, but the whole family. They called them “lauriats,” which is Fookienese for “special occasion.” They ...
Self-reliance is a wonderful attribute. It demonstrates maturity of character. It’s a highly valued part of this culture and has been partially responsible for great achievements in education, the arts, business, and technology. But for all the progress it can bring, we have to be mindful of the illusion of complete self-reliance that makes us believe that we are the ...
Why would Jesus ask such a question if the answer was so obvious? Because during that time, the vast majority would answer that the son who said “yes” to his father, even though he did not do the work, was the better son. In a culture where honor was highly valued, saying “yes” was proper and respectful. That he never ...
Memorial of San Lorenzo Ruiz1   There’s a powerful rescue scene in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” where Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) singlehandedly removes injured soldiers from the battlefield and lowers them to safety. He does it again and again, saving about 75 soldiers over five hours, per the official Army report. For every run he faces gunfire ...
Wounded pride, wounded honor, feeling violated or betrayed…these and many other offenses are the kind of experiences where vengeance feels instinctive. We may do it overtly, become passive-aggressive about it, disenfranchise someone or isolate ourselves from the other. Their root is the same – we won’t forgive; and have no intention to reconcile. We would rather get even. But what ...
At Mass the Pastor gave a very long, confusing and boring sermon. After the service the parishioners filed out of the church without saying anything to him. At the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. “Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!” The pastor was thrilled. ...
Jesus is calling all heroes and she-roes! If Christ said to us, “Get behind me Satan?” how would we feel? I believe we wouldn’t be as shocked as Peter was. He had just been rewarded for boldly saying that Jesus was the Messiah. He’s feeling so good, that it went to his head. Jesus gave him, the others, and us, ...

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