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THE YEAST OF THE BRETHREN

“Do you not know that a little yeast has its effect all through the dough?” –1 Corinthians 5:6 Those who commit sin are like yeast which has its effect all through the Christian community. Therefore, we must: overcome temptations to sin so as not to hurt ourselves and others, repent and go to Confession as soon as possible if we have sinned, forgive those who are sinning and are thereby hurting themselves and our community, be ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18) by praying for those who have sinned (1 Jn 5:16), correcting them (Lk 17:3; Mt 18:15; Ez 3:18;...

SUPREME AND EXTREME LOVE

“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, his wife and his children, his brothers and sisters, indeed his very self, he cannot be My disciple.” –Luke 14:26, our transl Mass Readings: September 4 First: Wisdom 9:13-18; Resp: Psalm 90:3-6,12-13,14-17; Second: Philemon 9-10,12-17; Gospel: Luke 14:25-33. A traditional hymn begins: “Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All, how can I love Thee as I ought?” We love Jesus as we ought by loving Him with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength (Lk 10:27). When we give our “all” to Jesus, our...

DO YOU LOVE?

“Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers?” –Luke 10:36 Life is not just a matter of loving God but of loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength, and all our minds (Lk 10:27). How do we know whether we are loving God with all our being? A good indication is whether or not we are loving our neighbors as ourselves (Lk 10:27). “One who has no love for the brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen”...

FEEDER SYSTEMS

“A week later, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came.” —John 20:26 We have a Church full of doubting Thomases. As Thomas later became a great missionary and martyr, so these doubting Thomases today are called to renew the face of the earth in the power of the Holy Spirit (see Ps 104:30). However, they must first be transformed from having little faith to having strong faith. We have a Church full of fearful disciples. These Christians acknowledge that Jesus is risen. However, because these disciples...

PURITY

“Why do Your disciples not follow the tradition of our ancestors, but instead take food without purifying their hands?” –Mark 7:5 The Pharisees and experts in the Law were very concerned about purification. They scrupulously washed their hands, food, cups, jugs, and kettles (Mk 7:3-4). They were centuries ahead of modern science, which eventually discovered that antiseptic conditions prevent the spread of infection. Jesus agreed with the Jewish religious leaders on the importance of purification. However, He taught that the purification of hands, food, and utensils was not nearly as important as the purification of our relationships. Jesus brought up...

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