Halleluiah, Jesus is risen! He is risen to die no more. He is risen to take away our fear of death. He is risen to give us hope. He is risen to give us new life.
When we are in conflict, what do we need to do? We can deduce an answer from the way Jesus deals with the woman who has sinned and her accusers.
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Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind where hypothetically, it’s Wednesday, but you’re convinced it’s Thursday? On those days, it's easy to become both lost and frustrated.
There is a legend of a man who got lost in the desert and was dying of thirst. He stumbled upon an abandoned house. Outside the dilapidated, deserted shack was a pump. He rushed forward and began pumping furiously but in vain. Then he noticed a jug of water along with a note which read: “You must prime the pump with water and remember to refill it before you leave.”
Our God is an awesome God who keeps his covenantal relationship of love with us. However weak and sinful we are, God sees the good in us and forgives. Recently, I came across an inspiring story that is said to have been featured in a TV documentary about Apartheid several years ago.
Being a priest is a wonderful experience for many reasons; one is the brotherhood we share along the way. The other day, some of my priest-brothers here at the Father Peyton Center were kidding me about my stories that come from talking to people at places like the gas station or coffee shop, or grocery store, which remind me of different readings that we hear at the Mass.