13th Sunday – Jesus touched José, Greg, and Kyle through Confessions, daily Mass, and CYE. Sometimes we have to seek Jesus and take hold of his garments. At other times we need to stay put and wait for Jesus. Are you confident in Jesus’ love for you?
Lent 5 – Everything in the Old Covenant points to Jesus Christ. The New Covenant is less about following the law and more about falling in love. We can begin with fearful obedience but we must move to lovingly serving Our Father who loves us.
Our Faith often gets treated like fine china. But faith is more like heirloom tomatoes. You inherit the seeds but you must water them. If you care for your faith, it will give off many seeds for others. Faith is meant to be shared. [AUDIO]
This week the Christians in Mosul were forced to leave their homes. They were given the choice of converting to Islam, paying a punitive protection tax, or being killed. They chose to leave, and as they were leaving the city they were robbed of their money and possessions. But they triumphed, because they escaped with the pearl of great price, which is their faith.
This week, Meriam Ibrahim was allowed to leave Sudan. She was even able to meet with the Pope. It is a sign that if you hold on tightly to your faith, God will make everything else work out.
Part III of a talk given on the major divisions in Christianity
What connects Mass and the Resurrection? The Body and Blood of Christ present at Mass. Don’t come to Mass for what you can get, but come to give. When you give your heart, Jesus gives you his. We believe the Eucharist is Jesus’ Body and Blood because Jesus said so, and sometimes there are miracles that help our faith. Jesus gives us the Eucharist so we can be in communion with him. Live your Communion every day.
Charities like Feed my Starving Children depend on Providence. I felt the hand of Providence on retreat once. Too often we really trust in Money. Trust God instead. He will provide everything you truly need, even a backpack.