Posts from June 2012

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Are You God’s Creation or His Instrument? Be Both.

by Tom Andel

We’re taught from childhood that bragging is wrong. Yet today’s Psalm is as bold as Muhammad Ali saying how pretty he was. Today we hear how wonderfully made we are. “For so many marvels I thank you; a wonder am I, and all your works are wonders.” In the context of today’s readings, with Isaiah […]

Be the best shrub you can be

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings are a lesson for fathers on Father’s Day. They remind us of the role we play in God’s plan. We may be big and mighty like a great cedar, but, as shown in the first reading from Ezekiel, our stature must serve a purpose. Even the greatest cedar tree is subject to the […]

The Body of Christ–The Eternal Adolescent

by Tom Andel

Celebrating today’s mass was a missionary priest who grew up in Cleveland and now serves the spiritual and physical needs of new Christians in the Congo. With his work we are reminded that as far-reaching as the world wide web is, Christ’s flesh and blood must still be administered by his flesh and blood faithful–and […]

The Fire of the Spirit Melts Our Chill of Doubt

by Tom Andel

What hit me most in listening to today’s readings is the role doubt has played in the lives of believers. In the first reading Moses talks of the great signs through which God made himself known to his people. “Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of […]