Posts from January 2013

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The Holy Spirit Shares Some Smiles

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings are spirit raisers. In the first, Ezra is described in the Book of Nehemiah a few different ways, according to his talents (priest, scribe and priest/scribe). Another of his talents apparently was cheerleader. He had a tough crowd, as they were all crying after hearing the words of the law he was reading, […]

From Cana to the Cross

by Tom Andel

Jesus’ miracles served an important purpose outside the immediate need they met.  As written in the account of his miracle at Cana, “Jesus revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.” He could have abused this gift as a way to wield power over others, but he was a good steward of […]

Christianity’s Bazillion-Dollar Coin

by Tom Andel

Today’s gospel is inspiring. Jesus is baptized, the skies open and God endorses Jesus: “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.” With that endorsement, Jesus was certified to pay an astounding debt. He received the power to redeem the souls of all sinners from that time onward. That kind of transaction […]

An Epiphany about the Epiphany

by Tom Andel

On this feast of the Epiphany, it’s worthwhile to look at the various definitions of that word. The first that comes up online is “a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi.” Then there’s this, more secular meaning: “a sudden, intuitive perception […]