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Leonardo Ricardo
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THE BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST: "Childhood exploits are one thing, but adult life and death issues are another.! The Reverend John Smith
(The Beheading of John the Baptist, Caravaggio, 1610) Following the Crowd            I imagine there was a time in each of our lives when our parents taught us to be our own person and not to follow, or go along with, the “crowd.”  Usually this teaching was...
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THE OTHERSIDE OF THE VOLCANO - Chapter 26: My intentions remain "good" - vamos a ver!
Good evening.  It's about ten thirty at night at the foot of the Volcan de Fuego, Sacatepequez, Guatemala.  It's Saturday night and I can hear a few people out on the street celebrating.  Young voices laughing and talking and screaming friendly shouts at on...
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"Love, forgiveness, and faith are the most powerful agents in the world that bring healing and life." The Reverend John Smith
Harry Potter and Power in Weakness OK, I admit it:  Sometimes I’m slow to catch on to important happenings and trends.  Such was the case with the Harry Potter series of books.  I remember how the Head of our parochial school started to talk about Harry Pot...
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THE INITIATIVE IS OURS: " In the course of a typical day we probably need multiple healings. Jesus is constantly near, passing by." John+
   No Winners or Losers             When I was a young priest some people from the parish told me that a faith healer was coming to town and invited me to go with them to the event.  I could have begged out, but I decided to go to support my parishioner’s e...
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"All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord."
Heavenly Stories and Earthly Meanings             At the end of June I will celebrate 43 years of ordained ministry.  I’ve preached and shared the Gospel for the vast majority of the Sundays over that period.  Over the years my understanding of what Jesus w...
"All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord."
"All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord."
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NEEDED! FORGIVENESS and MERCY: "Where human beings rebel against God’s will, enmity and strife continue" The Reverend John Smith
Satan Casting Out Satan             Today is the second Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Each week in Ordinary Time we are trying to understand how we can imitate Jesus in daily living.  Last week our learning involved learning to speak truth to power as Jesus did...
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The Voice of God: Whenever we finally acknowledge that it is truly God calling us, all we can say is “Here I am, Lord. Send me.” The Rev. John Smith
Not Really So Ordinary            Last Sunday, called Trinity Sunday, was a hinge between two 26 week parts of the church liturgical year.  Trinity Sunday, our only doctrinal feast, celebrates the full revelation of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This...
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"..the Church is the only institution that continues to testify to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and tries to orient the world away from violence toward the love of God." The Reverend John Smith
A Perfect Invisible or Imperfect Visible Church            This Seventh Sunday of Easter finds itself between the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost and focuses on the visible and apostolic nature of the Church.  Most people believe that Pentecost, the c...
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The Holy Spirit seeks to defend victims: " When life is taken away, except for natural causes, victims are created. " The Rev. John Smith
Many Acquaintances Few Friends            As I might have told you, my father was in the Coast Guard, so up to, and including high school, I went to a different school every two years.  This put me in the position of being the new kid in school at least eve...
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"God is not a punisher and bringer of wrath (humans do those things to each other)," The Reverend John Smith
Water is thicker than Blood            Today’s readings start with the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch.  The Eunuch was a pious guy, enamored with the Jewish religion, and was heading back home after Passover to the Royal Court of Candace, Queen of Ethiopia. ...
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