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Kevin Mackin
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Who Is Jesus?
In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” In other words, what does Jesus mean to us? What do we mean to Jesus? The Gospel writers give us four different portraits or faces of Jesus because they wrote to four different audiences and emphasized fo...
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Heart of a Champion
It’s still exciting to think of this year’s Triple Crown winner, Justify. The three-year-old won every race he ran, including the big three: Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont. And you’ve probably heard of Seabiscuit. The story eventually became a natio...
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Walking the Talk
Labor Day is an invitation to take pride in our work. Whatever our life’s work, do it well! That's what holiness is all about: doing our life’s work as best we can. The word of God today has relevant advice. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses pleads with the...
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According to a Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania, over a 70-year period, about 2% of clergy committed despicable crimes of abuse, and bishops covered them up.  Two-thirds of those accused are dead; but allegations against them were deemed credible.  For the...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T-ful Relationships
To foster positive relationships, we must be willing to forgive, apologize and get on with our lives. This of course is a two-way street. If we communicate regularly, do things together and have fun, we can create a climate of love, trust and R-E-S-P-E-C-T....
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Best Friends Forever
It’s “back-to-school time.” I’m going to give you a 2-part quiz. Part 1: Who were the last two teams to win the Super Bowl? Name the two wealthiest people in the world (according to Forbes Magazine). I didn’t get 100%. Now part 2: Think of two teachers who ...
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Signs of God's Care
The word of God takes us back to the exodus or escape of the Hebrews from their oppressors in ancient Egypt. The Hebrews are now in the wilderness, hungry and thirsty. But God, always keeping his promises, miraculously provides food: quails (probably some k...
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How to Care
In today’s word of God, a man brings bread to the prophet Elisha to be offered to God. Elisha surprisingly directs that the loaves be given away to the hungry people, as a sign of God’s providence or care for us. In the Gospel according to John, Jesus mesme...
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The word of God today takes us back to a so-called prophet of doom and gloom named Jeremiah. The many kings of ancient Israel, he said, were bad shepherds. They lacked moral character. Jeremiah then looks to a future shepherd-king or leader who will do the ...
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Dealing Positively with Depression
As I write this, eight children have been rescued from a cave in Thailand. Four more and a soccer coach remain.  We pray for their safety. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks to a tough-minded audience, folks in Nazareth. They reject his “good news.” “Who is he?” t...
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