Blog Posts for "Jesus"

Getting Behind Jesus

Mark 8:27-30 I can only imagine that Peter meant well in rebuking Jesus.  After professing Jesus to be the Christ or anointed one, Peter must have been shocked to hear Jesus talking about rejection, suffering and being killed.  That wasn’t what was supposed to happen to the Messiah…was it?  That couldn’t happen to his Lord and friend…could it?  Well, yes. Jesus used the strongest possible language to issue his own rebuke of Peter:  “Get behind me, Satan.  You are thinking not as God does, but...

Keeping the Sabbath Today

St. Anthony, Monk Mark 2:23-28 When I was growing up in Milwaukee, there were many stores that were not open on Sunday in observance of the Sabbath.  Several states still had “blue laws,” which prohibited various kinds of commercial activity.  Some still do.  In addition, many of our brothers and sisters who are orthodox or conservative Jews still follow the practice (from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday), as well as some more conservative Christians (on Sundays), to varying degrees.  However, in most places the observance of the Sabbath seems almost quaint.  In the...

the little cross

Today, we had a silent day of recollection at the novitiate. At one point, we were told to go out and meditate on the crucified Christ (a very Franciscan subject). So, I went out and sat on the road with my rosary's cross to pray and reflect. I faced the East, towards the vale. As I looked out across the fields, I couldn't help but be struck with awe at the beauty of this place. But one particular trait of this vista captivated me: its sheer immensity. The deep, downward curves of the earth laid a golden...

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...

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