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An Invitation to Shine

This Sunday we have 3 different parables in our Gospel reading. In each one, Jesus paints a picture of the Kingdom of Heaven. Each is an invitation to our hearts to grow in new ways, ways that will bring us closer to bringing God’s kingdom to Earth. Is your heart open to hearing what God […]

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The Fecundity of Your Heart

God sows his Word into each of our hearts liberally. He does not solely give his grace to those he knows will bear fruit. He sows the Word in everyone, but it doesn't flourish for each person due to circumstances (secularism, anxiety, the allurement of the world), but strive to counter that by letting the Word open you to the implications of his Lordship. God is always giving himself to you, listen and act.

The Sower of Our Hearts

When someone wants to grow a garden, they don’t just walk outside, throw seeds on the ground and walk away. An experienced gardener knows the first and most important step in creating a proper garden is to prepare the soil. To do that, the gardener has to till the ground, and may have to remove […]

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The Yoke Upon Your Shoulders

What is it like to have Christ for a king? All three of this Sunday's readings examine this very question in some way. The answer is to submit to his kingship and accept his yoke upon your shoulders to make your life an offering to his plan.

What’s Going On (and a new video!)

First of all, I haven’t told you guys in a while that you’re awesome! I’m constantly amazed by how many people continue to get a taste of the good news of Jesus through people like YOU sharing the videos, podcasts, and blogs of Redeemed Online. Secondly, I wanted to say thanks for your prayers. As […]

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No Fear of Death

In our second reading for this week, St. Paul reminds the Christian community in Rome that baptism means an immersion into the dying of the Lord. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he had similarly told his followers that every eucharist is a participation in the dying of Christ. Why this preoccupation with death? Because it is only through this journey into Christ's death and resurrection that we can effectively conquer the fear of death, which tends to cramp us spiritually. Once we have died witih Jesus, we can walk "in newness of life."

More than Friends

Does Jesus want to just be friends? I would argue no. This Sunday’s gospel seems even a little harsh at first glance. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and […]

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A Bride and Groom; The Bride and The Groom

Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna and her now husband, Nelson. While we rejoice in their love for each other, the fact that they have now become living symbols of Christ the Bridegroom’s ecstatic love for his Bride, the Church is reason, in the very deepest sense, to give thanks.

Prioritizing Our Fears

As we return to the regular cycle of readings in Ordinary Time, we meet with a bracing spiritual teaching from the Lord Jesus. No matter who is threatening you, who is thundering denunciation, who is coming at you with furious intensity: don’t be afraid! Why? Because in Jesus Christ, you are connected to the very power of God, to that which is here and now creating the universe.

FOMO and God’s plan for you.

God’s plan is quite different from the concept of “fate.” Fate is the concept that our story or parts of our story are fixed. To go against fate, we ruin the likelihood of achieving our ultimate purpose or we can chance missing out on amazing things. People joke about a very real sense of FOMO (fear […]

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