Posts from October 2013

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Humanity’s deep. Thank God He still hears us as we keep digging.

by Tom Andel

“O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ Two-thousand years ago this was a parable. Today it passes as politics. This quote from today’s gospel […]

Shaken Awake, Stirred to Action

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings have some of the raw materials of every great James Bond story. Bond’s success depends on his meetings with Q, who equips 007 with the tools he’ll need to accomplish his mission. “Equips” is the key word here because if you’ve seen one of these movies you’ve seen some pretty spectacular equipment. But […]

Jesus Frees Us from the Prison of our Skin

by Tom Andel

Those weren’t lepers in today’s readings. They were sightless—blind as Helen Keller. But by God’s grace, some were given visibility of who they were in relation to God—and to their neighbors. And like Helen Keller, their breakthrough moment was the realization that they weren’t alone in the dark—that there were others in the world with […]

The Connection between Your Soul and a Hole in the Ground

by Tom Andel

The Grand Canyon is on many bucket lists of “things to see before you die.” Of course before venturing out to this site from some hotel or campground, who wouldn’t want to start the day with a nice breakfast? Maybe an omelet with a side of sausage? And once the family has taken in the […]