I have been forgiven

     I grew up in a devout Catholic family. We attended weekly mass, participated in the sacraments, and my working-class parents did what they needed to do to send all ten of us to Catholic school. My parents did their part for sure, but I didn’t really do mine. After going all the way […]

The Last shall be First

“So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew 20:16) And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) “But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host […]

You lack one thing

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing…” Mark 10:21a      A couple of years ago I was a busy person. I not only had a full-time job but I was very actively involved at my church. A go-getter, so to speak. I had hopes of doing great […]

A grain of yeast

Jesus taught them this parable: “How can I describe God’s kingdom realm? Let me illustrate it this way. It is like the smallest of seeds that you would plant in a garden. And when it grows, it becomes a huge tree, with so many spreading branches that various birds make nests there.”  Jesus taught them another parable: “How […]

Fear not, for I am with you.

  “Stand firm! Do not fear! See the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you, you have only to be still.” -Exodus 14:13-14 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: […]

O death, where is your sting?

My brother had esophageal cancer which caused him to be unable to swallow thus requiring a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. He had fluid on his heart that made it difficult to breathe. They tested the fluid that surrounded his heart and it was full of a different kind of cancer cells than the […]

Real Love flows out

 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for […]

Weirdo

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  -2 Corinthians 5:17 As I have grown in my faith I have become weird. What I mean by that is that I don’t fit in very well. When I am with my friends who are not believers I […]

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