Jesus must have had extraordinary appeal as evidenced in the people who kept following Him. What did they see in Jesus? What was it about His person that was so appealing that people wanted to be around Him, close to Him?
There are times when bible passages use examples to make a point, to teach a lesson … when to repeat them can be awkward and sometimes embarrassing. The temptation is to avoid any reference to them. The passage today from the prophet Jeremiah presents us with this dilemma.
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I first met up with Bridget of Sweden when I moved to Rome in 1986. One of my responsibilities was to acquaint visiting members of my congregation to some of our history in Rome.
We celebrate today the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young women and member of the Mohawk Indians of North America who resisted pressure from her tribe to marry and instead entered the Jesuit mission near Montreal. At the age of 23 she made her public vow of perpetual virginity. She remained faithful to her culture devoting herself to good works and praying for her fellow Mohawks.
I recently read short story by Carrie Bucalo that appeared on the pages of the worship aid Magnificat entitled Bread Crumbs. Carrie shared that as a child she found herself walking through life’s dark forest. She figured she would be lost forever, cast far outside the reach of family and love. She was afraid and struggled to find her way back.