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Are You the Next Matthias?

The first act of the apostles after Jesus’ Ascension was to find a replacement for Judas. Of all the things they could do, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why? Twelve was a very significant number to the Jews, representing completeness.  There were twelve tribes of Israel, so if the disciples of Jesus were to symbolize a new Israel capable of evangelizing the whole world, a twelfth apostle was needed. But Jesus had chosen the original twelve. Now that he was gone, how would they know whom to choose?  In …

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Mary and Joseph Go to a Fish Fry

It’s a Friday in Lent and two Catholics go to a local Fish Fry. We’ll call one Mary and the other Joseph. At first glance, the two don’t seem very different. Both were baptized as infants; both attended 12 years of Catholic schooling. The difference is that Mary attends Mass each weekend; Joseph attends infrequently. A recent study (see Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples, especially pp. 43-44) indicates that the most significant predictor of whether a Catholic attends Mass each weekend or not depends on how the person answers this one question: Do you believe …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

June 30, 2013: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed …

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The Church Goes Green

Have you noticed that the Church has gone green? The Easter season has been over for a few weeks now. The flowers are put away, the sprinkling rite has been phased out, and the great sense of joyfulness has been tempered. We are now full swing into the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time; isn’t that just another word for boring time? What’s left to celebrate after Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter? Everything in between of course. Ordinary Time celebrates the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. There is nothing ordinary about that! …

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The Race is On!

I ran track for one year in high school. Mostly the mile and two mile.  The mile I liked, but the two mile, now that’s a different story.  Something about going around in circles eight times in the same direction—it felt pointless to run all that way just to end up right where I’d started.  And track meets—ugh.  Seems like it was always either freezing and raining or baking hot.  No in between.  I remember sitting in the stands (and sometimes under them) bundled up against the wind and rain trying to do my homework …

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TRU DAT: Amen!

With the junior high kids in their classroom during one of their first days of school, I heard about one of those electronic shorthand phrases that is used in email and such things. It was new to me: TRU DAT. To a text or a tweet, they told me, I can respond, “TRU DAT,” which means, “That’s right. I agree.” It is a like a church full of believers giving the preacher an, “Amen to that!” I asked the kids to pay attention on Sunday, because I was going to try to use that expression …

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Lessons from My Father

Second only to each of the births of his seven children, there was no day more anticipated by my father than the first day of fishing season. And, while, on any given pre-dawn Sunday, you’d find my dad fishing, anywhere, anytime, for any type of fish, his preference was fly fishing. Now, apparently, fly fishing isn’t like any other kind of fishing. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly appreciate the intricacies—it was the old “girl + bait = ewwwwwww” thing, but those who do, will pardon my feeble attempt here to make the most of the metaphor. …

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Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted… Or Not…

I’m a criminal.  A shoplifter.  Not only that, but a repeat offender.  The other night I went into a local grocery store to pick up a couple things—cold medicine, a gallon of milk, stuff like that.  It was about 9:00 and I was in a hurry because I was already running late and I had one more stop before I could go home for the night. So I bring my few items to the U-Scan.  I love the U-Scan.  I’ve really gotten pretty good at knowing the PLU codes for fruits and veggies, finding hidden …

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