Blog Posts for "Disciples"

A Different Kind of Peace

Acts 14:19-28; John 14:27-31a At first glance, today’s readings seem to be a study in contrasts—hardship, hard work and an exhausting stream of activity by the apostles in Acts versus Jesus’ gift of his peace to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”—John 14:27 The world promises peace from the outside:  through wealth and security, by means of negotiation or imposition, through power, control...

Travel Lightly

Mark 6:7-13 I was recently packing for an overnight trip, one of the few I've had since heart surgery at the beginning of December.  Not quite nine weeks have passed since the operation, so there are still some limitations on my physical activity.  One of them is a restriction on how much I can lift.  Thus as I packed one of the challenges that I had was trying to fit what I needed into a relatively small roller bag and a backpack that wouldn't cause stress and strain.   Faced with my personal limitations...

Real Love

St. Raymond of Penyafort 1 John 4:19-5:4; Luke 4:14-22a One of the commonly used psychological tests is the Rorschach Inkblot Test.  The test subject is asked to look at (and later reexamine) a set of abstract images and to describe to the tester what he/she sees.  The images named and the thought processes at arriving them are supposed to help give some clues about the test subject’s personality traits.  Love, St. John reminds us, isn’t a Rorschach test.  It can’t be whatever we say it is—something that...

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