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  • SATURDAY, March 28

    As a Jesuit, I did missionary work in Brazil for a few years. I loved it. Loved the people and loved the culture. Almost every day, someone would come up and ask me to sing a song in English. Brazil, like many foreign countries, plays a lot of American music on their radio stations, so the children,....
  • FRIDAY, March 27

    One of my earliest memories of school is when my older brother rescued me from a bully. Just as the bully was about to punch me, I heard my brother’s voice, “Leave him alone.” Life seemed to stop in that moment. I remember waiting for the hit and thinking, “I am dead now.” Then I heard tha....
  • THURSDAY, March 26

    It is amazing to know that Jesus himself spoke to the crowds, and they did not believe him. Yikes. If Jesus had a hard time convincing people, then no wonder evangelism today is seen as difficult.

    In moments like these in the gospel, I wish I could see inside the mind of ....

  • WEDNESDAY, March 25   The Annunciation

    Imagine all the emotions, thoughts, and questions racing through the heart, mind, and soul of the young girl Mary. She would become the mother of the Savior of the world. The angel declared to her that she had found favor with God and would conceive and bear the Son of God through the powers of God....
  • TUESDAY, March 24

    What is your heart’s desire? What is your prayer? Who are the “them’s” in your life? What does it mean to be saved? These are daily questions for those who believe in God and how we answer these questions changes everything. This chapter of Romans speaks about salvation being for all, and th....
  • MONDAY, March 23

    The most important thing in this story for me is that Jesus saw the man. Jesus sees the blind man and heals him. This is the covenant of God being played out. God promises to see us, and we are called to see God.

    The country singer Kenny Rogers croons these words in one o....

  • SUNDAY, March 22   5 Lent

    Seeing is one of the central themes of John’s Gospel. Over and over again, we hear about those who saw and believed. Clearly for John, seeing is more than physical. To wish to see Jesus is the greatest form of prayer.

    To wish to see Jesus is the greatest desire of a tru....

  • SATURDAY, March 21

    The first time I saw a Rubik’s Cube, I thought, “I can solve this.” Twenty years later, I still cannot complete the game. I guess I have never been great at solving puzzles or anything remotely mathematical. The Rubik’s Cube is quite a challenge and, for some, an impossible task.

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  • FRIDAY, March 20

    Saint Paul makes this over-the-top claim for the Christian community: he seems to bet the whole of his missionary activity on this claim that all things work together for good for those who love God. The Christian community has always been marked by the cross—the suffering and death of Jesus Chris....
  • THURSDAY, March 19   Saint Joseph

    Saint Joseph has no recorded words in scripture. We meet the earthly father of Jesus in the birth narratives, and there are some not-so-pleasant references to him by the crowds, but we don’t hear him speak in scripture.

    On many levels, I find Joseph to be the model disci....

  • WEDNESDAY, March 18

    Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was one of my favorite songs as a child. I still treasure the lyrics. I like independence, and I like doing things, as Frank would say, my way.

    Yet when Jesus speaks about doing the will of the One who sent him, he is inviting us to follow h....

  • TUESDAY, March 17

    When my niece was in preschool, her teacher scolded her for taking a cookie without permission. My niece’s response: “I told my hand not to take it but it did it anyway.” At the time, I found her response to be very funny. But on further reflection, I see her words as a remarkably accurate des....
  • MONDAY, March 16

    What does Jesus mean when he says “nothing may be lost”? In this story of the feeding of the multitude, the needs of the people are not lost on Jesus. And Jesus invites the disciples to pay attention in a new way so that the needs of the people are not lost on them either.

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  • SUNDAY, March 15   4 Lent

    These, I believe, are some of the sweetest words in all of scripture. It makes all the difference to know that we are loved. God loves the world. We are loved by God. God’s love leads to action. Because God loves the world, God gives Jesus as the greatest gift of all.

    T....

  • SATURDAY, March 14

    The poet David Whyte claims “the world was made to be free in.” He advises to give up other worlds, that “anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” Somehow, in spite of being set free in the outpouring of Jesus’ love and life, we seem to have a tendency to bin....
  • FRIDAY, March 13

    Being counted among my own father’s sons, I know my heritage. I know my story, I know what is expected of me, and I know both what I want to pass along to my child and what I do not. So, what does it mean to be counted among Abraham’s children today? The Torah tells of many character traits that....
  • THURSDAY, March 12

    Ever forget or lose something and spend hours looking for it, only to discover it was right under your nose? Lately that happens to me a lot. I spend time looking for my keys or pen only to discover that they have been in my pocket the whole time.

    There are days when I fo....

  • WEDNESDAY, March 11

    My son recently proclaimed with apparent pride, “I’m a mini-you, Dad.” While this made me beam for a moment, it also gave me pause.

    As parents, we are constantly under observation by our children. It’s a great responsibility. Sure, they hear what we say, on occasi....

  • TUESDAY, March 10

    I live on a river. I have taken hundreds of photographs of the water at dawn, the water at sunset, the water with ice floes, the water all choppy during a storm, the water reflected in mirrored office buildings, the water alive with gulls and small boats and cruise liners. I will never have my fill ....
  • MONDAY, March 9

    Have you ever been put on the spot to speak from the heart and not had the slightest idea what you would say until you heard it coming out of your own mouth? In such moments, following a hurried prayer of surrender, I have heard poetic strains fall from my lips as if from the heart of God. And surel....

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