Deacon Blog

September 2018

Sep 27

What to do with our Curiosity

In the Gospel, Herod the tetrarch appears as "very curious" to see Jesus.  By now, he's heard a lot about this miracle worker from Nazareth. He knows that there's something special about him. If we think about it, Herod could probably be compared to people who flock to healing services today looking for miracles, but not for...
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Sep 20

Opening our Eyes to our Sinfulness

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus says, "The one who's forgiven little, loves little." In other words, those who don't ask for forgiveness very often have little genuine love for others.  We’re reminded today that we need to open our eyes to our sinfulness.  If we spend time in daily self-examination, seeking to...
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Sep 13

Demonstrating Grace

In the Gospel, Jesus gives us a blueprint as to how to demonstrate grace.  Grace has many facets to its definition, but it starts out as this: “Grace is the supernatural gift that God bestows entirely of his own benevolence upon men and women for their eternal salvation.”   Let me highlight three manifestations of grace,...
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Sep 9

Listening to God

Jesus says to the deaf man “Be opened.” The man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.” We’re called through grace to hear and understand God speaking to us, and he empowers us to testify to that message by our words and actions.   One of the basic tenants of scripture...
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Sep 6

Trust His Heart

Our readings tell us that our own personal wisdom or might can’t match the wisdom or might of God. Whatever is holding us back from completely relying on and following God, be it the crisis within the Church or any other disappointment we face, we need to just trust him, and he will deliver.     There’s some lyrics to a...
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