Category Archives: Reflection

A Need for Creed

In today’s first reading, Paul outlines the earliest creed to the newly initiated believers in Corinth.  But what is the purpose of setting forth a creed? In short, a creed is a formal statement of Christian beliefs, such as the Apostles’ Creed … Continue reading

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The Tentmaker

What did Paul do for a living before his Damascus meeting with Jesus?  We learn in today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles that he was a tentmaker by trade. Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he … Continue reading

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Service is Love

Many of us think that our acts of charity and love have to be performed on a grand stage. This is not the teaching of our church.  Often it the simple and mundane actions done in love that change the world. … Continue reading

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Keep the Commandments

In today’s gospel, Jesus instructs us to keep his commandments, to love the Lord and our neighbor.  How do we do that? When I was a kid in Catholic School, we had to memorize the Ten Commandments.  Now that I’m … Continue reading

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Form Over Substance

In today’s first reading we hear an argument between Jewish followers of Jesus and Gentiles over the issue of  circumcision.  The Jews believed that circumcision was required to be a Christian.  The Gentile believers disagreed. Of course, over time the Church determined that … Continue reading

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A Different Time

Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles reveals that the early Christians endured the most severe persecutions by remaining steadfast in their faith in the Lord Jesus.  Paul was so severely beaten by the the Jews in Antioch and … Continue reading

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Show Us

Even the disciples who had walked beside Jesus struggled with faith.  In today’s gospel passage, Thomas (and the other disciples) asked Jesus to reveal the Father to them. Of course, we now know that the Father was revealed through God’s … Continue reading

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