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Not a Checklist

I think a big turn-off a lot of folks have with religion is the amount of rules there seems to be, or the checklist attitude that is taken to them. It can feel like an exhausting balancing act even for the devoted, much less for the newcomer, to view the commandments this way. Which is exactly why we shouldn’t. As the readings this week explore, God desires us to have a…

Distractions

As I sit trying to write for this week I find myself unfocused. In the last 15 minutes I have re-read the passages over and over, sent text messages, written emails, opened and closed numerous time-waster browser tabs, spaced out staring at the wall, and made a cup of coffee. Pretty much anything but the thing I am trying to corral myself into doing! However, this…

To Immerse Fully

What do you want most in the world? I imagine that perhaps in years past you would have given a different answer than what you’d say today. But at any point in the timeline of humanity, if you asked God that question, there would be only one answer: I want you! God desires a relationship with each and every one of us, and the readings today speak into just how far…

Factory Reset

A lot of electronics have a pinhole somewhere on them. This is a button that can ‘restore your device to factory settings’ so if something goes wrong on it you could get a pin, press it, and reset the machine to (generally) restore it to how it was intended to be. In a lot of ways, this kind of restoration is similar to what happens at Baptism, and today’s readings can…

The Domestic Church

Merry Christmas to you all! As you read these words I am about 2,500 km away visiting my mom and dad back home, and in this time of year many of us travel to visit our families or make special remembrances of family who are no longer with us. In this season and on this day we are invited to recall through the readings, not only the Holy Family of Jesus, but the holy…

The Whole Story

I think sometimes our biggest stumbling block to cooperating with God is a feeling that we’re not being told the whole mission in advance. “God, what do you want me to do? I would help so much more if you just clued me in!” But here’s the thing friends, we’ve been told the whole story already. God from the beginning has desired our salvation and reconciliation with…

Deep Joy

Have you ever met a celebrity before? In some cases, the person might live up to or beat your expectations, or you might learn why you should ‘never meet your heroes’. Either way, the encounter certainly leaves a mark from the experience. As we reach the third Sunday of Advent reflecting on the beginnings of our walk with Christ, we reach the stage where we have…

God’s Invitation

Bishop Robert Barron is fond of saying that ‘God is a gathering force, for his very nature is love.’ As we continue to journey through Advent and reflecting on the beginnings of our walk with Christ through our lives, a no doubt important step in that walk was the announcement of the Good News to you, or, if you like, the invitation God extends to us to know Him truly;…

Why Does Advent Start Our Liturgical Calendar?

Why does Advent start our liturgical calendar? Why not some high holy day, like Easter or Christmas itself? After some digging resulting in no answer to hang my hat on, I looked again at the readings for this Advent, I had the insight that perhaps we start in Advent to remind us of the beginning of…