Geeky Catholic Sunday: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42

Highlight: "Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

Reflection: It might be hard to read this reading and not think that Jesus is missing something. "Jesus," we might say, "that's great that Mary is sitting at your feet and listening to you. But the laundry and the cooking will still need to be done. If we all just sat and listened, the world would fall apart." I don't think Jesus is missing something, though. Perhaps his message is just a little more nuanced. It's not that doing work is always wrong and prayerful stillness is always right. It's a matter of timing and priority. At the moment of this gospel story, Jesus was at Mary and Martha's house. So sitting and listening to him should have been the priority. He would have made sure that everything was taken care of. Martha thought that if she didn't take care of things, they wouldn't get done. We have to trust that whe…

Geeky Catholic Sunday: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Highlight: "When he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side."

Reflection: This reading might not be very challenging at first glance. After all, the priest and the Levite who ignored the injured man were probably two of the people who handed Jesus over to the Romans to be crucified. So of course they didn't act charitably. It's easy, then, to identify with the Good Samaritan. But what would I really do in a situation like this? What have I done in situations like this? The priest and Levite had convinced themselves they had good reasons to steer clear of the victim in the story. They didn't  want to become ritually unclean, because then they wouldn't be able to do their priestly duties. Surely God wouldn't want them to neglect their duties, right? Someone else will be along to help that poor, wounded man. Do I hide behind similar excuses? Is God calling me to be more charitable to the hurting people I encounter?

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Highlight: "If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you."

Reflection: This verse doesn't usually stick out to me when I read this Gospel passage, but it did today. It's about wishing peace for people, and really, to wish peace for someone is to love them. Jesus is advising us to love people, even if we don't think they will be receptive to that love. It's not as if we have some limited amount of "love" that we have to use sparingly, giving it to nice people but avoiding those who are unkind. Jesus doesn't tell us to wish peace for the peaceful, but wish pain for the aggressive. We should love and evangelize everyone we meet. And if they are not receptive to us, Jesus assures us that he will give us peace.

Geeky Quote: "Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they." - Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Prayer: God, please give pea…

Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 2019

Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 11B-17

Highlight: "Five loaves and two fish are all we have."

Reflection: Christ's love is wonderfully abundant. He gives us his very body and blood, and it never runs out. He takes our meager offerings and multiplies them a thousand-fold. Take a moment to marvel at the incomprehensible vastness of Jesus's love for you.

Geeky Quote: "Eat little at a time, and only at need... One [wafer of lembas] will keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labour, even if he be one of the tall Men of Minas Tirith." - Elves of Lothlorien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Prayer: Jesus, your love is so great that it surpasses my understanding. Help me to love you. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Pentecost 2019

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-23

Highlight: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

Reflection: It is important to remember that Jesus gave us a mission. And that mission is not just, "Believe in Jesus and work on your private relationship with him." We should strive for holiness, of course, but part of being a follower of Christ means trying to be more like him. Jesus sends us as the Father sent him. And the Father didn't send Jesus to Earth to quietly be holy. He sent him to bring God's grace to everyone around him. So we need to step outside our comfort zones and work on the mission Jesus gave us.

Geeky Quote: "I know I'm asking a lot, but the price of freedom is high; it always has been, and it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not." - Steve Rogers Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Prayer: God, give me the courage to live virtuously, and to bring others into…

Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Ascension of the Lord 2019

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:46-53

Highlight: "And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

Reflection: One of the difficult things about being a follower of Christ is discerning God's will for our lives. We know that we should do good and avoid sin, but what about the questions regarding the direction of our lives. Do I accept that job offer? Should we move to a new location? Am I called to religious life? Should we have more kids? Jesus's instructions to his disciples before he ascended into heaven remind me that timing is a factor in God's plans for us. Sometimes, the thing God wants us to do right now is wait. But it is also a reminder that waiting is not just the absence of action. Just as the apostles prayed as they waited for Pentecost, we should use our waiting time to prepare - physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually - to carry out God's will in the next phase of …

Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Sixth Sunday of Easter 2019

Gospel Reading: John 14:23-29

Highlight: "And we will come to him and make our dwelling with him."

Reflection: Think of the people in your life that you always want to be near. What is it about these people that you love? I'm sure it varies from person to person, but it is always their good qualities that you find so attractive. The way they make you laugh, or the fact that you can be totally honest with them. With true friends, it is the way they inspire you to be a better person, or the forgiveness they will offer you if you do something wrong. Imagine someone who has all of these good qualities - and more - and who possesses them to a perfect degree. Surely that is someone you'd want to spend time with, someone whose side you would never leave. That "someone" is God, and being with him forever is our ultimate goal as Christians. We have hope and faith that one day we will be able to spend eternity in perfect union with God.

Geeky Quote: "As the ages pa…