What if all we had were today? Would we want to leave the last day of our earthly life unexplored, unappreciated, and unloved?
A Church in the Modern World, one in which all the baptized are recognized as uniquely gifted people with something to contribute for the good of all.
The paths of God are many and varied. Some of us are called to visit the imprisoned and some, like John, are called to stand up to unjust rulers.
I am struck by how the prophetess Anna was able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
In Scripture, we see many examples of the great faith of women. Their faith is deep.
What are the lessons here? Be slow to label who or what is good or bad . . . or who is one of “us” and who is not.
Eventually, I noticed that Jesus did not look into the heart of the paralyzed man but “saw their faith”—“they” being the group of determined friends.
By bringing the need of his servant to Jesus, the centurion makes it possible for him to receive healing. As followers of Jesus, are we not called to do the same?
What Jesus observed was something different. A poverty-stricken widow furtively dropping a couple of coins in the box, hoping not to be noticed.
When I opened the gift, I was devastated. They were the ugliest shoes I had ever seen! I grunted “thanks” and started to walk out of the room.