Deacon Blog

January 2015

Jan 29

Dwell or Dabble

We've received a steady dose of Mark's Gospel this week.  Today he delivers a parable 2-fer. In a rather short reading, we get both the Parable of the Lamp, and right in behind that, we get the Parable of the Measure.    In the Parable of the Lamp, the message is clear.  The lamp is Jesus, the Living Word of God, and he...
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Jan 22

Here I am Lord, I Come to do Your Will

The declaration that we made in today's Psalm, Psalm 40, "Here am I Lord; I come to do your will" is, on paper, a very simple prayer, while at the same time, it can be one of the most difficult to get our minds around.  If we can attempt, however, to live our lives in its simplicity, with it as our central focus, it can...
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Jan 15

Harden Not Your Hearts

Our readings today point us toward examining our condition before God - our heart condition, if you will.  The First Reading encourages us to "take care" as it says, "that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God."  Of course, we all have a physical heart, but the word...
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Jan 11

We Are God's Beloved

Apart from Christmas and Easter, one of the most illustrated events in Jesus’ life is his baptism. We can see in our mind’s eye the portrait of Jesus standing in the Jordan River with John the Baptist standing nearby with a seashell in his right hand pouring water over Jesus’ head. Jesus also has a halo, and a dove is...
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Jan 8

Love's Instruction Manual

We could probably look at the rationale used by John in the First Reading as if it were an instruction manual for assembling something.  With an instructional manual, you complete step one before moving on to the other steps prescribed.  Eventually, if you follow the steps correctly, you will have successfully completed the...
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Jan 1

Reflect on Blessings to Increase Faith

This month, January, derives its name from the Roman God, Janus, who had two faces, one which looked backward and the other frontward.  This God became the deity of openings and closings, as well as beginnings and endings.  January 1 is an especially good time to look backward and frontward.  We are blessed to have this moment...
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