discipleship

Is it Wrong to be Happy?

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The Beatitudes appear in the gospels of Matthew and Luke as part of the Sermon on the Mount. But what actually is the nature of true happiness?  Must we be miserable in this world to be happy in the next?  Faith and hope bring the lasting joy that is the essence of true blessedness. The Mass readings for the Sixth […]

High Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity

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Discipleship is about a call to embark upon an epic adventure, not about preserving the safe, comfortable and predictable mediocrity of business as usual.  The disciples left behind everything to follow Jesus, embarking upon a road that would lead them through danger to glory. The Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8; Psalms […]

Unworthy for the Mission

This Sunday, the Mass readings revolve around the theme of being called and sent. God calls Isaiah in the first reading, Paul in the second, and Peter in the Gospel. As I reread the readings, both fairly familiar stories, I was struck by a detail: all were unworthy for the mission, and all recognized their unworthiness. Discipleship is a buzz […]

Daily Reflection — Loving Obedience

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Psalm 119:72). Do I love Jesus? Really love Him? Well this verse from the Psalms is a clarion call to honesty and self-examination. If I do not keep His word, how can I believe that I […]

Intentional Discipleship Renewed Daily

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Christians are called to be not just believers, but intentional disciples who make a conscious decision to follow Jesus and him alone.  But discipleship can’t be a one-time decision.  As in a marriage, the commitment must be renewed daily. This post is on Christian discipleship as an intentional exclusive commitment similar to marriage which disciples renew every day.  It  reflects […]

Daily Reflection—Faithful Encouragement

St. Paul Shipwrecked (detail) by Gustave Doré

“After we had escaped, we then learned that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, when a viper came out because of the heat […]

Learn from Andrew

Unlike some of the other hills featured in Jesus’ public ministry, Mount Tabor is truly a mountain. As our bus climbed the windy roads and I looked down at the countryside, I thought back to the line of Scripture which will open this Sunday’s Gospel: “Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up to a high mountain apart […]

Encountering the Word — Mark 1:16-18

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“And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Detachment—The Cost of Discipleship

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There is a cost of discipleship — Jesus sometimes calls us to leave behind professions, friends, even family.  Does that mean that work and human relationships are at odds with growing in our relationship with God?  The concept of detachment can help us understand this problem. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) […]

Encountering the Word — Mark 1:16-18

Photography © by Andy Coan

“And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18) Please share on social media. Print this entry