Deacon Blog

March 2017

Mar 30

God is the Only Arbiter

The world is fixated on personal approval ratings. The news that we consume through our various forms of media has become one part reporting and ten parts “analysis”, and the analysis is always couched in the horserace – who is most approved and who is least approved.   Imagine for a moment that you are Neil Gorsuch, the...
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Mar 16

Victory over Torment

The parable delivered in today’s Gospel compels us to think about our journey to heaven, and how to achieve victory over the torment of hell. Jesus presents us with the story of this rich man who is confronted with the eternal consequences of a sinful lifestyle. The reality of hell appears to prompt a transformation of heart in him as he...
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Mar 12

Transfigured by Community

If you are old enough to be amongst those who have attended a high school class reunion, you might have had the experience of seeing one of your former classmates who has evolved into a type of person that is altogether different from the boy or girl you knew in school.   The boy you knew in school was this quiet, shy, and awkward kid who...
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Mar 9

Confident in God's Promise

Today’s Gospel directs us to be confident in God’s promise to us.  It gives us three word pairings – the first word is an action that we are to take, and the second word is the result God promises:   1) Ask, and it will be given to you. 2) Seek, and you’ll find, 3) Knock, and the door will be opened for you....
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Mar 2

Embracing the Cross

One of the songs that we sing during lent is entitled, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” There’s a different, more contemporary version of it called the “Wonderful Cross.” In this version, a refrain was added that says, "O the wonderful cross, bids me come and die, and find that I, may truly live."...
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Mar 2

Ash Wednesday - Humility

The general pattern of the Liturgy of the Word portion of the Mass or, in this case, a service, is that you'll find some sort of parallel between the First Reading and the Gospel.  Sometimes the Second Reading will tie in but many times, it does not.    It is the case today that we have a contrast between the First Reading by...
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