Posts from July 2012

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The Power to End our Drought

by Tom Andel

Drought’s effect on our food supplies is making all the headlines lately, but there’s another drought that’s just as widespread in the world but is being ignored. Spiritual drought is evident to anyone who attends Sunday mass on a regular basis. Today’s noon mass had about half the attendance it normally has. That’s why today’s […]

Even Shepherds Need Shepherds

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings are dedicated to the shepherds who guide God’s flock. The first reading is more cautionary to those who would scatter and divide that flock. “You have scattered my flock, you have driven them away and have not taken care of them. Right, I shall take care of you for your misdeeds, Yahweh declares! […]

If My Life Were a Sitcom I’d Call it Amos and Andel

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings carried on with last week’s theme of what it means to be a prophet. In the first reading Amos is told to take his preaching elsewhere. Again we’re reading about a prophet, like Jesus, who wasn’t appreciated in his own home town. But in Amos we see someone who is more like the […]

That “Big Bang” is God’s Laughter

by Tom Andel

esus was amazed in both last week’s and this week’s gospels, but for two completely different reasons. Last week’s showed him as being amazed at the great faith of a sickly woman who touched his robe in order to be healed. I today’s reading he is amazed at the great lack of faith of the […]

Prayer laced with Purity is Key to Healing

by Tom Andel

Today’s Gospel from Mark should be bookmarked by anyone who feels God doesn’t hear their prayers. It offers a double-whammy of faith’s power to heal battered souls. It starts with a man who has such faith in Jesus as the embodiment of God’s healing power that he asks the Lord to heal his dying daughter. […]