God’s Words

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” (Jn14:23-24) It’s a simple instructive; thumbnailour obedience to our Heavenly Father is a sign of our love for Him. Our love for Him will be
reciprocated by love on His part for us; it’s not, however, that we’re earning God’s love, but as St. John reminds us elsewhere: He first loved us (1John4:19). Our love is a response to His and our response, according to God’s design, prompts a further response on God’s part. This continual reciprocity, give-and-receive, leads mysteriously into a deep union between lovers; in this case, between Creator and creature. Continue reading “God’s Words”

What Goes In…What Comes Out: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

For those of you who go fishing for catfish, you know that, right out of the water, catfish meat tastes like the mud and scum the fish has been swimming in. To get that taste out, one needs to soak that fish – preferably alive – in fresh water. Willingly or not, the things around one are absorbed within…when we were young, Mom & Dad would listen to oldies on the radio in the car, and while we said we greatly disliked that kind of music, we could sing many of those songs verbatim. Willingly or not, the things around one are absorbed within.

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