A fun-loving man was throwing a big party.  He wanted to create a special wine for the party, so he invited each guest to bring a small flask of wine to mix with the flasks of wine of the other guests.  On the night of the party, each person brought a flask of water instead […]

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There are times when we do not want anyone to get near us.  We have a bad cold and we tell people to keep their distance so they will not catch it. We just finished a strenuous workout or have been working hard at some physical task and we warn people not to get too […]

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Being unsupported, isolated or intimidated feels terrible.  The Scriptures are full of stories where people doing God’s work were not being supported and were even being rejected by others. For example, the people in the prophet Jeremiah’s town were trying to get rid of him because they did not like his challenging words. To him […]

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Today happens only once.  Today is not the same as yesterday or tomorrow.  In the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, ”Today, this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing (Luke 4:21).”  The Scripture passage that was fulfilled on the day that Jesus spoke was, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore he has […]

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Life has its disappointments.  We have had great hopes only to have them ruined.  Hopes for a friendship that ended in disaster, a marriage that resulted in divorce, a family that did not happen, a scholarship that was never granted, a business that was a failure.  How many hopes have been dashed during these years […]

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Why did Jesus have to be baptized?  After all, baptism is about the forgiveness of sins so why did the sinless Jesus have to be baptized? First of all, Jesus did not have to be baptized, he chose to be baptized.  His baptism was an act of immersion into our lives, an act of involvement.  […]

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In seeking God, what are we looking for?  Sometimes we look for God to help us make sense out of the past.  Other times, we pursue God to give us hope for the future.  While both of these have their place, it is best to start with an Epiphany focus.  An Epiphany focus temporarily puts […]

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There is no such thing as a perfect family.  In fact, probably some of the most imperfect groups we will ever experience are families, including our own. Of course, we want the best for our families, we want harmony and cooperation.  Achieving this is not easy because family life involves a complicated set of relationships […]

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We are ordinary people.  To be ordinary does not mean our lives are insignificant. Created in the image of God, our lives are of immense value. Being ordinary means that in our humanity we are all the same in the goodness out of which we were created by God.  We are all the same in […]

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It is a well-known phenomenon that when the Christmas holidays approach, many people feel down.  Rather than being a time of joy, these days are a time of sadness or even dread for some.  Studies tell us that one of the reasons for this is that the holidays awaken childhood fantasies of wonder and delight.  […]

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