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Deacon Tom Writes

Deacon Tom Writes

You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 10/03/22

On this Twenty-ninth Sunday Pope Francis reminds us, “You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.” That goes for our spiritual lives as well. Here are some recommendations I offer to help accomplish this: Recommended Reading:  The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark. ... Read More »

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 9/26/22

In St Luke’s Gospel for the Twenty-eighth Sunday, we witness several occasions when Jesus encounters Samaritans during his travels. You may recall that Jews and Samaritans despised each other. It was a religious rivalry fueled by differences from the past, such as where they worshiped and how they interpreted ... Read More »

I’ve Been Waiting Soooo Long

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 9/19/22

I’ve Been Waiting Soooo Long”

These readings on the Twenty-seventh Sunday remind us that we are not patient people. When things are going badly, we cry out to God for help, and it never seems to come soon enough. The Prophet Habakkuk cries out for God’s help to end ... Read More »

The Prophetic Tradition

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 9/12/22

 The Prophet Amos who speaks to us in our first reading today was a shepherd of Tekoa in Judah during the prosperous reign of King Jeroboam II from 786-746 B.C. For several weeks now we have heard him speak of the injustices against the poor and the complacency of ... Read More »

Never will I forget a thing they have done.

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 9/06/22

     We would be seriously mistaken to think that cheating the poor and stealing from the needy was a modern-day phenomenon. Sad to say that such behavior has been around for a long time. 750 years before Christ the Prophet Amos chastises those who tinkered with their scales ... Read More »

Amazing Grace

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 8/29/22

“Amazing Grace”

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

 Amazing grace, how sweet the soundThat sav’d a wretch like me!I once was lost, but now am found,Was blind, but now I see.

John Newton wrote these words after he experienced God's unmerited favor to lost souls. They flow from ... Read More »

On the Outside Looking In

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 8/22/22

“On the Outside Looking In”

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C  

Take up thy cross, the Savior Said

If thou wouldst my disciple be;

Deny thyself, the world forsake,

And humbly follow after me.

These words from an old hymn capture the essence of our Gospel today as ... Read More »

Musical Chairs

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 8/15/22

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Musical Chairs

The image Jesus often uses to describe the Kingdom of God is that of a banquet.  Today is a good example.  Jesus is invited to a dinner party by one of the leading Pharisees.  The Gospel opens by saying that ... Read More »

Between a Rock and a Hard Spot!

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 8/02/22

Deacon Tom Writes,

“Between a Rock and a Hard Spot!”

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Jeremiah finds himself in a tight spot. He is accused of “demoralizing the soldiers who are left in the city.” The princes want to put him to death on the charge of...demoralizing ... Read More »

Three Ingredients for A Happy Life

Posted by Mary Jo Waggoner on 7/25/22

“Three Ingredients for A Happy Life”

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

The readings today give us a practical guide to good living. First, there’s the matter of faith. You need it! Without it there is nowhere to turn, no one to trust, no shelter from the storms ... Read More »

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