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God is like a dog.

I have two dogs, one which is just about 2 years old, and another that is just about 8 years old. As you may expect, there are two very different personality mixes in these dogs. The young one being hyper and annoying, and the older being calm and relaxed. God is like both of these dogs. My younger dog will stop at no ends to get your attention. She will continue to come closer and closer to you, until there is no possible room left for her to cuddle closer. At times this is cute, and at other times it is just annoying. But regardless of how many times I tell her to go away, or I gentle push her away from me, or get mad at her, she always comes back. She always returns the next hour wanting more attention. Just like God. We may tell God to 'go away' or 'leave me alone' but God will always continue to love us. 

     In todays Gospel, Jesus is asked the same question that many great teachers were asked, " What is the greatest law?" Normally this was a c…

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Making Ordinary Time a Little Less Ordinary Pt 11

Gratitude Journal 
     Each year can go by very fast and we can loose track of things that are important. Through out the year we can get distracted by a big project, or by sorrowful news. It begins to seem like the year has slipped right past us, and we are wondering where the year just went. 
    Today, I would like to suggest to keep track of the delightful things in life with something called a Gratitude Journal. What you do is that every time something good happens to you, take out your book and write it down. The challenge is to try to do this everyday because, even on the toughest of days their is always something to be grateful for, even if it was a simple smile from someone. At the end of year, on December 31st, flip through your journal and recall all of the good things that happened to you throughout the year- relive the good moments of the year.
     This can also be done with a jar. Place a jar, either on a prayer table ( or somewhere else significant) and have strips of pa…

Give To God

The last three weekends Gospels have been about Jesus preaching the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven to the Pharisees and scribes. As the readings of the Gospel of Matthew come close and closer to a close, we are beginning to hear more scripture passages that occur closer to Christ's death and Passion on the cross. As so, as this time comes closer and closer, we begin to see the Pharisees try harder and harder to trap Jesus into saying something that is judgemental by the law.

     The Gospel starts off with the phrase, " The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus..."  Based off this one verse, we can see that Jesus would have been very difficult to trap. They had to go has far as to make a plot on how to effectively tick Jesus. The Pharisees propose Jesus the question, " Is it lawful to to pay taxes to the emperor or not?   And has simple has this question may seem, the pharisees really thought this through. The tax at hand is a head tax to the Roman empir…

You are invited...

For the past two weeks we have been hearing parables about the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus has been directing to the Scribes and Pharisees. Today we conclude with the third and final one in this set.  Jesus started off by teaching that you must practice what you preach, (parable of the two sons) then Jesus  talked about their (the Pharisees) rejection of the truth, John the baptist, and himself, and finally Jesus teaches that the kingdom of God is like a banquet prepared for all those whom believe.

    In Canada, this weekend, we celebrate thanksgiving. The wonderful feast of family, happiness, gatherings, and food. I find it very special that todays' feasts described in the readings land on a feasting weekend for Canadians.

    Today, Christ tells a parable about a king and the wedding feast that he hosts for his Son. Again, when teaching in parables Jesus would connect something divine to something familiar with the people of that time. So Jesus compares the Kingdom of Hea…

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Making Ordinary Time a Little Less Ordinary Pt 10

Adopt a Bible Verse
     The bible is filled with wisdom and depending on current events in our lives certain bible verses will speak louder to you than they might have ever before. I know in many bibles they have a section, either at the front or at the very back, a list of different bible verses for different occasions. These are extremely useful  to help supply comfort and strength in different situations in life. 
     To Make Ordinary Time a Little Less Ordinary, I suggest you adopt a bible verse. If there is something in your life that means a lot to you, ( A goal, a discernment, ) give it a bible verse. Give it a bible verse that you will try to live by. For example, one of my favourite bible verses that I have adopted for my year is, " Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."  (Galatians 1: 10) My life being so heavily involved in the …

Hungry for Love

Due to some technical difficulties I found myself teaching Gr 6 Catechism yesterday. This was a totally new experience that I really enjoyed.The student that had arrived, attends a public school and had minimal knowledge on the faith. This was awesome! I had the opportunity to 'lay down some seeds.' The lesson was about the bible and I was excited to teach it. After teaching for a bit, I simply put it, " Everything in the Bible, all of the Gospels, creation stories... everything, can be summarized into one word; Love."

     This weekend we have an intriguing Gospel. A Gospel that sparks the imagination but also peaks interest in the meaning behind it. Jesus tells a parable: a man leaves the country, and leased it out while he was gone. When it came for the time for harvest, the landowner sent slaves to go and pick it up, but they were killed. Then after the second wave of slaves being killed he sent his only son, who, unsurprisingly, was also killed by the greed…

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