Posts from June 2014

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With Faith Our Blessing Cup is Never Empty

by Tom Andel

“I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” How many of us have felt like Paul does here in this Sunday’s second reading (2 tm 4:6-8, 17-18)? We come to […]

Be Like a Trained Seal in the Desert

by Tom Andel

The combination of readings for this Sunday’s celebration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is like reading a Navy SEAL training manual. The SEALs are trained to operate in all environments, including climate extremes like the scorching desert through which Moses led the Israelites for 40 years. Why did Moses lead such […]

Stick Your Neck Out and Look Within

by Tom Andel

“If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.” What a timeless sentiment in Moses’ prayer in this Sunday’s first reading (ex 34:4b-6, 8-9).  Although spoken high on a mountain as remote […]

Welcome to God’s Kingdom; Population: 1

by Tom Andel

This is the weekend of Pentecost Sunday. We associate this day with the Holy Spirit’s possession of Jesus’ disciples, enabling them to speak many foreign languages. But we can also look at Pentecost as the day when people of many nationalities learned they were one in the spirit. This was a moment of self-discovery for […]