Living Out Your Biblical Purpose

“Lord what will you have me do?” Acts 9:6

The purpose of our lives is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. St. Paul informs us “for this is the will of God, your sanctification” 1 Thessalonians 4:3. The purpose of our whole life can be summarized in one word: discipleship.

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3 Components of Prayer

“Prepare to be amazed. I am doing something in your lifetime that you won’t believe” Habakkuk 1:5.

In the gospel Jesus comes along and says, “There are going to be moments in your life when everything goes wrong and it will seem like the end of the world. You may become afraid, anxious, stressed and lose sight of what’s really important. But you know what? I have a solution: prayer! It can guide you through life.”

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4 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Dryness

"I am the vine, you are the branches" John 15:5.

In the gospel Jesus instructs his listeners that he is the vine and we are the branches and that if we remain in him we will “bear much fruit and become his disciples”. But how do we remain in Jesus? How do we respond when we go through spiritual dry spells? What happens when we feel cut off from the vine?

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4 Steps for Preparing for Jesus

“Repent and Believe” Mark 1:15

During one of my visits to the schools, a young student asked me how he should get ready for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. At that moment it occurred to me that our preparation for Christ’s arrival is the same no matter what season or age of life we find ourselves. In this week’s gospel we are given the answer to the question.

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4 Strategies for Conflict Resolution

"If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone" Romans 12:18.

Unfortunately conflict is a part of everybody’s life. We all have to deal with it from time to time, and it is usually not a pleasant experience. In the gospel, Jesus gives us words of advice on how to deal with conflict.

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6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy

“Above all, love each other deeply” 1 Peter 4:8

In the gospel we hear Jesus being questioned about the married state. Jesus responds by reiterating the importance and indissolubility of marriage. Whenever I read this passage I always ask myself the question, what makes a strong marriage?

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Spiritual Mountaintops

"Continue to grow" 1 Peter 3:18.

In the gospel we hear the powerful story of Jesus’ transfiguration. This is a display of our Lord’s divine power and his fulfillment of the law (represented by Moses) and the prophets (represented by Elijah). Through his resurrection, Jesus invites us to discover the same power he revealed to Peter, James and John on the mountain.

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A Kings Invitation

“He is Lord of lords and King of kings” Revelations 17:14.

In the gospel we hear the account of Pilate’s attempt to ascertain the identity of Jesus. Christ professes to be a king of divine origin and then goes on to state that anyone who listens to his voice belongs to the truth. But what is truth?

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A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

“I know the plans I have for you…plans for good and not for disaster” Jeremiah 29:11.

I can only imagine the sheer terror the disciples felt in the boat as it was rocked by the waves of the sea. Having been stuck in the middle off a lake during a storm I know it’s not pleasant. Yet, how often do we have storms in our own lives, moments when we lose focus on God?

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Adding Flavour

"You are the salt of the earth" Matthew 5:13.

In the gospel Jesus continues his sermon on the mount with an analogy using salt and light. Jesus makes it clear that by their deeds the disciples are to influence the world for good. They can no more escape notice than a city on a hill. If they fail in good works, they are useless as flavourless salt or as a lamp whose light is concealed.

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A Fresh Start

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Years ago I attended the Labour Day classic football game with my dad. During the third quarter a man interrupted the game by running across the field. The fans weren’t amused by this disruption and started to heckle the trespasser. I still remember the guy beside me vehemently saying, “who does this guy think he is?”

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A Nice Place to Retire

"Store up spiritual treasure for yourselves, as a good foundation for the future" 1 Timothy 6:19.

In the gospel, Jesus says that his Father’s house has many rooms and he is going there to prepare a place for us. Notice how Jesus does not say that our spot is guaranteed, just that there is one.

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Anxiety Attack

“Cast your worries on the Lord and he will strengthen you” Psalm 55:22.

In the gospel Jesus talks about the obstacles that prevent us from trusting God. So often we get caught up in the pursuit of our desires. Doing so normally causes a great deal of stress. Jesus’ solution to this problem is to place our trust in God by seeking first his Kingdom.

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Are You A Star

"I will make you a light to the nations" Isaiah 49:6.

In the gospel we hear the story of the three wise men arriving in Bethlehem to see Jesus. This is a significant event in Matthew’s gospel. The messiah is no longer reserved to the chosen people of Israel, but he, Jesus, has revealed himself to all peoples and nations.

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Are You Ready for the Bus?

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong" 1 Corinthians 16:13.

One winter the town of Lanigan decided to start a bus route for its students. This was exciting news because it meant we no longer had to trudge across town in the snow and cold to get to school. Unfortunately, despite my mother’s protests, I missed the bus the first day it came.

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Ash Wednesday

"Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return" Ecclesiastes 3:20.

As Lent begins, Jesus clearly outlines the three components of discipleship: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. For him, these are the pillars of the spiritual life. We are not free to disregard them or omit them from our spiritual practices. Our spiritual health is dependent upon living according to the outline Christ supplies.

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Baby Its Cold Outside

"God is rich in mercy, because of the love he has for us" Ephesians 2:4.

The wedding feast is an analogy for heaven (Isaiah 25:6-10). Each individual receives a personal invitation, but not all who are invited desire to attend. Those who decline choose to exclude themselves, leaving hell as their only other option.

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Being A Good Father

“Hear, my son, your fathers instruction” Provebrs 1:8

This weekend marks the celebration of father’s day. Being a father is a great blessing. The Bible says, “Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Though that gift certainly presents numerous challenges, the rewards are countless. So what does God say the key to being a good father is?

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Blind Worship

“Worship God in Spirit and Truth” John 4:24.

In the gospel Jesus restores the sight of a blind man. Although Jesus heals the man, the real miracle occurred when he accepted Jesus as the messiah. Only then did the blind man worship him.

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Broke into the Stained Apartment

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13.

Christ’s passion is the direct consequence of our accumulated sins. Just like my grandfather’s apartment, sin slowly builds up in our lives until it leaves us living in a complete mess. The reason God the Father sent his Son Jesus was to die for our sins, so that our relationship with God could be restored.

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Building A Spiritual Foundation

“Build a Solid Foundation” Matthew 7:25.

All structures need a solid foundation if they are going to last. Our faith isn’t any different. Unless we build a solid spiritual foundation, our faith can be susceptible to collapsing (Matt. 7:24).

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Can You Spare Some Change

"What good is it to gain the whole world but lose your soul?" Matthew 16:26.

In the gospel Jesus outlines the requirements of discipleship. A disciple changes their personal and spiritual behaviours so they align with the gospel.

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Caught in a Net

"Come, follow me" Matthew 4:19.

In the gospel we hear Jesus call the first disciples. As Jesus is walking by the Sea of Galilee he calls out to Peter and Andrew, “come, follow me.” They immediately drop their nets, leave everything behind and follow Jesus.

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Close Quarters

"This, is my body" Matthew 26:26.

Today marks the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. The feast marks the Church’s celebration of the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Catholic faith. So what is the Eucharist?

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Conquering Our Pride

"Through love, serve one another" Galatians 5:13.

When I was young my friends and I built a skateboard ramp in my neighbour’s backyard. We used to compete with each other to see who could complete the most outlandish and daring stunts. Chalk it up to youthful exuberance, but as I reflect back, these crazy tricks were nothing more than my pride getting the better of me.

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Controlling Your Emotions

“Guard your heart, for everything you do, flows from it" Proverbs 4:23.

On a very cold day in February 2004, I stepped into St. Michael’s church to grab something from my office. I returned to my car only to find the window broken and the stereo gone. In shock I checked to make sure the other valuables had not been taken. Then I discovered my rosary, a sentimental gift, was missing.

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Dead Man Walking

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good" 1 Chronicles 16:34.

In the gospel, Jesus tells his audience that God the Father is “the God of the living not the dead.” Although he is referring to the resurrection of the dead to settle a dispute, his words have an implication on our own lives. We must make sure that we remain spiritually alive.

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Dealing with Anger

“Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” James 1:19

When anyone asks you “What would Jesus do?” remind them that getting angry and flipping over tables is a legitimate option. In the gospel we hear the story of Jesus chasing the moneylenders out of the temple. Although many people think anger is something to be avoided, there is such a thing as righteous anger.

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Dealing with Doubt

"Do not doubt, but believe" John 20:27.

In the gospel the risen Lord appears before his disciples and offers them proof of his resurrection. Up to this point many of the disciples were “disbelieving and still wondering”. They still had doubts. In fact we all have doubts. It’s part of our human nature.

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Discovering God’s Blessing

“You are blest when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God” Psalm 119:1.

In the gospel we hear Christ admonish his disciples for prohibiting a man who did not belong to their company from preforming miracles. Using rather graphic language, he draws their attention to the inherent danger of misplaced priorities.

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Don’t Worry You Still Get Chocolate

"Christ Has Risen" Matthew 28:6.

I once asked my niece what Easter was all about. According to her, “Easter is when the Easter Bunny rose Jesus from the dead”. As cute as her response was, the questions remains, “what is Easter about?” Today’s readings give us a clue.

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Excess Baggage

"Let Nothing Stop You" 1 Corinthians 5:58.

It’s easy to be a disciple when it doesn’t cost us anything. It becomes difficult when Jesus starts to ask things of us.

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Finding Treasure

“Store up treasure in heaven" Matthew 6:20.

Money has a way of possessing our hearts and driving our priorities. Jesus tells us, “where your treasure is, there your heart is also” (Matthew 6:21).

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Five Steps to Forgiveness

"Forgive one another" Ephesians 4:32.

Ever had a bad day? Ever gone from being the hero one day to the villain the next? That is exactly what happened to Jesus. On Palm Sunday Jesus enters Jerusalem as the hero. That very same week he is betrayed by his friend, wrongfully persecuted and then crucified. Talk about a bad day.

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Five Minutes for Cross Checking

"This is love for God; to keep his commands" 1 John 5:3.

Rules are a part of our daily lives. Whether that is driving, playing sports or our relationship with God. Rules are necessary for survival. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that if we love him, we must keep his commandments.

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Fruit for All

"I send you" John 20:21.

The Holy Spirit gives us the power to execute the mission of Jesus (Acts 1:8). The mission of Jesus is to proclaim the kingdom of God and do the will of the Father (Matthew 6:10).

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Game Day

"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice” Philippians 4:9.

Acts informs us that active members of a Church community devote themselves “to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (2:42). These are the four pillars of Catholic religious practice.

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Game Over

"I have fought the good fight" 2 Timothy 4:7.

In the gospel Jesus talks about the end of time. In other words, at some point the game will be over. I think that part of the reason why our faith isn’t all that exciting at times is because we don’t believe there is something at stake.

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Get Plugged Into Prayer

"Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always" 1 Chronicles 16:11.

In the gospel we hear Jesus invite Simon Peter and his brother Andrew to “come and follow me”. The men leave everything behind and become his disciples. Everyday they spent time talking with Jesus and being formed by him. Christ’s invitation extends to each of us as well. We answer his call and encounter him in a personal way through prayer.

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God’s Power to Change Your Life

"Clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" Colossian 3:14.

In the gospel we hear the story of Jesus healing the man who is deaf and dumb. This story chronicles the continuing evolution in the mindset of those who encounter Jesus. Their hearts are changed as they begin to see him in a messianic light. Change is part of everybody’s life. It simply can’t be avoided.

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Going Out On A Limb

"We proclaim what we have heard, so that you may have fellowship with us" 1 John 1:3.

Ever feel disconnected? I am sure we have all felt this way at certain times in our lives. Although moments of solitude are good for the body and mind, we were not meant to live in a permanent state of disconnect. We were designed to stay connected to God, our parish community, our family and our friends. Being connected helps us to stay healthy and bear fruit.

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Going Around in Triangles

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all" 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Trinity Sunday is the celebration of God’s revelation of himself as an exchange of love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the central and fundamental doctrine of Christianity. It consists of three essential components: mystery, theology, and relationship.

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H - E - Double Hockey Sticks

"God desires that all people should be saved" 1 Timothy 2:4.

In the gospel Jesus instructs his disciples to have courage when it comes to proclaiming the gospel. The reason, as St. Paul says, is because of the dangers of sin. Sin, if not dealt with, can cause spiritual death. That’s why Jesus died for our sins. He restored our relationship with God, so that we can have eternal life (John 3:16). Those who choose to reject God will experience everlasting separating from Him in Hell.

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Hooked on a Feeling

“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world” John 3:17.

In the gospel we get to see the compassionate side of Jesus as he raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. The Bible tells us “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) over the death of his friend. Moved with sympathy, Jesus assures his friends that he is the resurrection and the life, and that those who believe in him will spend eternity in heaven.

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How Financial Generosity Leads to Happiness

“Give generously to God… and he will bless you” Deuteronomy 15:10.

In the gospel we hear the story of people dropping money into the temple collection basket. The widow, who contributes a few meagre coins, is the one praised by Jesus for her generosity. She gives out of her scarcity rather than her abundance.

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How to Handle Stress

“Do not be anxious about anything" Philippians 4:6.

In the gospel we hear the story of two miraculous healings. The first is the woman with the haemorrhage. The second is Jairus’s daughter who was perceived to be deceased. Although each circumstance appears to be unique there is a common thread that connects the two. Both parties find themselves in a very stressful situation.

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I Am Iron Man

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” Acts 1:8.

The feast of Pentecost marks the day when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit into the world. I sometimes think the Holy Spirit is like the SIRI to my iPhone, the KIIT to my Knight Rider, or the Jarvis to my Iron Man suit. He is that constant companion, the voice of reason, who is there to help me.

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In Complete Denial

"If anyone wishes to follow Me, he must deny himself" Matthew 16:24.

In the gospel Jesus continues to describe the cost of discipleship. He reminds us that if we choose to live according to our earthly desires, and not focus on following him, our reward will be eternal separation from God. But, if we choose to take up our cross and follow Jesus, then we will receive the reward of everlasting life in His kingdom.

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Investing in Spiritual Growth

“Good will come to those who are generous" Psalm 112:5.

In the gospel Jesus tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man refused to be generous with his material wealth. By doing so he deprived himself of the spiritual rewards God had planned for him. Jesus warns that if we have riches but fail to be generous with them, we are depriving ourselves of the chance to grow spiritually.

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Is Jesus Really God

"This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior" 2 Peter 1:1.

I do believe there is a great deal of confusion about Jesus’ identity. Even adults can find this complicated. In fact, I have been asked on numerous occasions whether the Bible actually says that Jesus is truly God.

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Just Add Water

“Stir up the gift of God which is in you” 2 Timothy 1:6.

Infant baptism is pretty much the norm in the Church. It’s a cute little ceremony where the baby is presented, the water is poured, and the camera’s flash. But normally somewhere amidst the excitement someone forgets to stir the water.

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King of Conversions

"In Christ we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins" Colossians 1:14.

Conversion stories are always rather interesting. I have heard many accounts about how people came to encounter Jesus as their personal King and Saviour. In the gospel we hear the conversion story of the thief who was hanging on the cross next to Jesus.

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Let Go of the Crayon

"God proves his love for us, that while we were sinners Christ died for us" Romans 5:8.

In this week’s gospel we hear the story of Jesus’ triumphant resurrection on Easter morning. The tomb is found empty, the disciples are summoned, they rush to the grave, but, “they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” The disciples just didn’t get it. They couldn’t see the whole picture. Yet.

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Liar Liar

"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie" Romans 1:25.

In our modern world there are a myriad of thieves. So many voices try to steal our identity as children of God and the everlasting life only He can give. They lie to us in an attempt to steal our happiness, kill our values and destroy our eternal souls.

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Looking in the Wrong Place

"Seek God" Acts 17:27.

“What are you looking for?” Each of us is looking for something in life. We are all seeking satisfaction in one place or another. Often when we don’t get what we want we end up becoming frustrated and wonder why our attempts to make ourselves happy aren’t bearing their intended fruit.

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Mass Distractions

"But all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life" Mark 4:19.

In the gospel, we hear the story of Jesus traveling with two companions on the road to Emmaus. The pair fail to recognize Jesus as they travel along the way, but their eyes are opened to his presence during the breaking of the bread.

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Mission or Maintenance

Mission or maintenance? That’s the questions facing the church today. The transfiguration is Christ’s declaration of his mission. It is a foreshadowing of eternal life that awaits all believers. His birth was his covert invasion on sin, his death and resurrection his final victory and the transfiguration is a glimpse into the future glory of our triumphant king.

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Oil Change

"Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit” Luke 12:35.

In the gospel Jesus compares entering heaven to ten bridesmaids who are awaiting the arrival of the groom. Unfortunately, only five of the bridesmaids are ready for his arrival. The unprepared are exempt from the wedding.

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Power Food

"This is my body" Luke 22:19.

In the gospel gospel we hear the story of the multiplication of the fish and loaves. This miracle is a foreshadowing of the Last Supper, where Christ gave his Church the Eucharist (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

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Presence not Presents

"God is with us" Matthew 1:23.

The key to good prayer is discovering God’s presence. Like any relationship, presence is important. But it takes work.

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Prison Break

“God will deliver you” Deuteronomy 7:16.

In the gospel Jesus gives his disciples the command to love their neighbour. In the Old Testament, to love one’s neighbour was understood as one’s friend, and not one’s enemy. Jesus extends the love of neighbour commandment to include our enemies and persecutors.

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Reading Ahead

“I have stored up your word in my heart” Psalm 119:11.

In the gospel Jesus begins to outline the necessary steps for discipleship: (1) Repentance; (2) Belief in the Gospel; (3) and Follow me. In this week’s gospel Jesus gives us the next decisive step in our discipleship journey: (4) listening to his teaching.

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Running out of Gas

"They were filled with the Holy Spirit" Acts 2:4.

As Christians, our destination is heaven, and Jesus makes it rather clear that we are not supposed to show up there alone. We are not supposed to make this trip by ourselves. That is why Jesus says in the gospel to “Go! Make Disciples!”

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Stepping Forward

"Come, follow me" Matthew 4:19.

In this week’s gospel we encounter Jesus as he begins his public ministry. Emerging from the desert, he calls the people to repentance and to believe in the Gospel. He then goes on to invite Simon Peter and his brother Andrew to follow him. What Jesus is ultimately doing is prescribing steps for discipleship.

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Stuck in a Tree

“Repent and to turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance" Acts 26:20.

In the gospel we hear the story of Zacchaeus, a disreputable tax collector, who climbed up a tree to get a better view of Jesus. Jesus sees Zacchaeus, calls him down from the tree, dines with him and leads Zacchaeus to have a conversion experience. Jesus then explains that his mission is to seek out the lost.

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The Disciple Step

“Follow me” John 21:19.

In the gospel Jesus invites each of us to follow him. Accepting that invitation is the beginning of a life long process of spiritual transformation and better living. Answering the call to follow Jesus and becoming a Christian is only the start. Jesus’ ultimate desire is for us to become his disciples. What we need to recognize is that being a Christian is the first step towards discipleship.

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The Key to Letting Go and Forgiving Others

“The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” Colossians 3:13.

In the gospel gospel we hear the story of a sinful woman who interrupts a dinner party and washes Jesus’ feet. Instead of admonishing this woman, Jesus welcomes her and offers her forgiveness. He uses her as an example of God’s mercy.

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The Beginning of Humility

“Humble yourself before the Lord” Philippians 2:3.

In the gospel Jesus teaches us about the importance of humility. We all struggle with being humble. It is part of our human nature.

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The Gratitude Process

“Give thanks in all circumstances” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

In this week’s gospel we hear the story of Jesus miraculously healing the ten lepers. But despite Jesus’ graciousness, only one of the ten returns to thank him. The story teaches us that gratitude is more than merely being thankful.

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The Language of Faith

"Stand fast in your faith" Romans 11:20.

In this week’s gospel we hear that Jesus is amazed by the people’s “lack of faith.” At times we all struggle with our faith. But how can we combat disbelief?

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The Price of Forgiveness

"Forgive those who have wronged you" Sirach 28:2.

Forgiving someone can be very difficult to do. We have all experienced pain at the hands of another person, sometimes on multiple occasions. No matter the situation, we have all struggled with offering forgiveness.

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Three Steps to Walking with Jesus

"I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless" Genesis 17:1.

Walking with Jesus is about recognizing who he truly is, the Son of God, and committing our lives to following him. This week’s gospel gives us three pieces of advice when it comes to walking with Jesus.

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The Trinity: One God as Three Persons

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19.

Being a Christian is more than believing in and following Jesus. It requires belief in some fundamental principles, the most important of which is the Trinity. In fact, the Catechism says that the Trinity “is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the ‘hierarchy of truths and faith’” (234).

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Three Steps to Changing Your Situation

“Your servant did this to change the present situation” 2 Samuel 14:20.

In this week’s Gospel we hear the story of a blind man named Bartimaeus. He calls out to Jesus and received his sight. Life is not easy. Everyday we face challenges, obstacles and failure. We struggle with all kinds of emotional turmoil. We wonder what our lives amount to and question the value of our suffering.

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Time for Transformation

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2.

By appearing with Moses and Elijah, Jesus gives the disciples a glimpse into his future resurrected glory. This transformation is the result of his passion, which has won for us the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life.

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Time Out

“Truly my soul finds rest in God” Psalm 62:1.

Over the past couple of weeks Jesus has outlined the necessary steps for discipleship: (1) Repentance; (2) Belief in the Gospel; (3) follow him; and (4) listening to his teaching. In the gospel Jesus continues to model the way of discipleship by getting up early and going off to pray.

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Time to Fess Up

If we confess our sins, God will forgive us - 1 John 1:9

On Ash Wednesday we hear the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel” when the priest marks our foreheads with ashes. These are the very words from the Gospel reading and they mark the beginning of Christ’s mission.

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Trusting God With Our Problems

“Trust in the Lord at all times” Psalm 62:8.

In the gospel Jesus tells his disciples a story about a woman who seeks justice from an obstinate judge. After frequent petitions the judge finally grants her request. Jesus informs his audience that God will help those who call upon him in their time of need. Prayer is about trusting God.

Read Time: 2 Minutes / Topic: Trusting God

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Trusting God with Our Finances

"Trust in Gods Unfailing Love" Psalm 13:5.

In the gospel we hear the story about the steward who gets released from his master’s service for being dishonest. The steward redeems himself by calling his master’s debtors to account. Jesus instructs his listeners that one cannot “serve God and mammon.”

Read Time: 2 Minutes / Topic: Financial Health

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We All Do Stupid Things

“Sin is a danger to the people” Proverbs 14:34.

In the gospel Jesus gives us a rather long and challenging list of behaviours to avoid. His teachings on anger, adultery, divorce, lying and vengeance become the standard of conduct for his disciple. But at the heart of the supposed strict prohibitions, is really an invitation to live a life of peace and harmony with our neighbour and with God.

Read Time: 2 Minutes / Topic: Avoiding Sin

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Whats Love Got to do With It

“Love one Another” John 13:34.

In this week’s gospel Jesus gives his disciple a new commandment, to love one another as he has loved them (John 13:34). The mark of a disciple is based on how we love like Jesus. He is our model, because he is the perfect expression of God’s love. Therefore our words, actions and decisions should reflect our relationship and pursuit of Jesus.

Read Time: 2 Minutes / Topic: Becoming Like Jesus

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Whats the Big Deal

“He is risen” Matthew 28:6.

The resurrection is the single most important event in history. Jesus “was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25). For those who believe in him life takes on a whole new purpose and direction. But so many people do not know the reason for Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Read Time: 3 Minutes / Topic: The Resurrection

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What Is Your Butt Like

“I bring you good news of great joy” Luke 2:9.

We all have buts. Some people have small buts, others have large buts and some like to think they don’t have buts. The reality is that having a but is just part of the human condition. We can’t escape them, especially this time of year, when we tend to pay a little more attention to our buts.

Read Time: 3 Minutes / Topic: Christmas / Spiritual Growth

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Where Are You?

"Seek the Lord" Deuteronomy 4:29.

In the fall of 2011 I went to Edmonton with a friend. We ended up taking the wrong exit on a round about and found ourselves lost on the opposite side of the river. In order to get to our destination we had to do three things: 1) figure out where we were; 2) figure out where we were going; 3) devise a plan to get there.

Read Time: 3 Minutes / Topic: Spiritual Growth

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Where is God?

“I am with you always” Matthew 28:20.

This second Sunday after Pentecost is known as Corpus Christi in the Catholic Church, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is a moment for us as Catholics to reflect upon the Eucharist.

Read Time: 3 minutes / Topic: The Sacraments

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Who has the Keys

“I will give you the keys to the Kingdom” Matthew 16:19.

In the gospel Jesus asks his disciples who people say that he is. Peter responds that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Following his profession, Jesus entrusts Peter with keys to the kingdom and primal authority of the Church.

Read Time: 2 Minutes / Topic: The Papacy / The Catholic Church

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