Deacon Blog

April 2017

Apr 27

Look Up

John's Gospel that we just heard is pretty definitive in telling us where we should set our gaze.  It said, "The one who comes from above is above all.  The one who is of earth is earthly and is of earthly things".  Jesus, who is from above, and above all, has the.... peaceful nature that comes from his divine...
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Apr 23

Baptism and the Holy Spirit

This Gospel that we just heard is the same one that is proclaimed on Ascension Thursday, which is celebrated in the Catholic Church in about four weeks. The message in it that Jesus leaves behind for us can be summed up in two points: 1) Jesus gave his disciples a mission, a task to engage in, until he comes in glory (that is to proclaim his...
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Apr 20

Beyond Miracles

We’ve all heard stories about healing ministers, be they priests or other ministers who travel around to various venues to heal and evangelize. Some of them attract huge numbers of people, sometimes so many that they can’t fit them all in the building. I’ve never been to a healing service myself, but I can see how some could be...
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Apr 14

Redemptive Grace

Among Jesus’ last words was the proclamation that he makes to the second of the two thieves who are being hung on crosses alongside Jesus. Jesus says: “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This of course comes after this thief shows his humble repentance, saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come...
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Apr 9

The Passion Pit

The word "passion" has various meanings. Theologically, we use it to describe the suffering love that Jesus endured for each of us as he willingly took onto himself the punishment for our sins.  Passion is also used generically to denote a strong enthusiasm for something. Putting the two together, we can say that Jesus cared...
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Apr 6

Truth Found in Conversion

The hardest substance in the universe is truth. It cannot be changed. It cannot be remolded into a different shape. It cannot be chiseled away or eroded into something less than what it started out to be.   Therefore, anyone who believes an alteration of the truth is believing a counterfeit, a lie. And everyone who professes one of the...
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