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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Fifth Sunday of Easter 2019

Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35

Highlight: "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Reflection: Being a follower of Christ means a lot of things. There are things we believe that the rest of the world mocks. Our faith can influence who we vote for, or where we spend our money. That's a good thing; our faith should influence every aspect of our lives. But the defining characteristic of a Christian should be the way we love. Our marriages, our relationships with family members, and even the way we treat complete strangers - all of these things should be a shining example of God's love for his people. That is quite a responsibility. How well do I live up to that in my daily interactions with people? When I am at home, or at the grocery store, or on the road, do I demonstrate God's love?

Geeky Quote: "Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential t…

Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Easter 2019

Gospel Reading: John 10:27-30

Highlight: "No one can take them out of my hand."

Reflection: When I read today's Gospel, I get a sense of security. It is so reassuring to hear our Lord talk about us this way. We are so important to him, that he won't let anyone take us from his hand. Of course, he also respects our freedom, so if we freely choose to reject him, he will let us. But as long as we truly want to stay with Jesus, he will protect us.

Geeky Quote: "Yet suddenly for Faramir [Pippin's] heart was moved with a feeling that he had not known before... He knew now why Beregond spoke his name with love. He was a captain that men would follow, that he would follow, even under the shadow of the black wings." - The Return of the King

Prayer: Protect me from evil, Lord, and hold me ever in your hand.. Amen.

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Everything I Never Knew I Wanted: A Review of Avengers Endgame

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WARNING: This review will be full of spoilers, so do not continue until you have seen Avengers: Endgame. So first, go see the movie. I'll wait.

Did you see it? Okay, great!

Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Third Sunday of Easter 2019

Gospel Reading: John 21:1-19

Highlight: "At that time, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias."

Reflection: I didn't even make it past the first sentence of this Gospel reading when I was struck by a realization. Growing up, I always took the different accounts of the apostles seeing the resurrected Jesus as independent stories. I never considered them as part of a unified whole. So I was always assuming that each story was the first time the apostles had seen the risen Jesus. Doesn't it seem that way, based on their reactions? But then I think about how Jesus reveals himself to me in my own faith life. I will have moments of spiritual consolation ("the warm fuzzies"), and it will feel like I'm experiencing Christ's presence for the first time. But after some time, I fall into a dull sense of complacency. So just like the apostles, Jesus reveals himself to me again and again. Salvation is not a one-time occurrence. It is …

Geeky Catholic Sunday: Divine Mercy 2019

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

Highlight: "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Reflection: Poor Thomas. "Doubting Thomas." It's so easy to give him a hard time for disbelieving something that we've known about for two thousand years. But did he really have any less faith than the other ten apostles? Remember, the other ten had seen the risen Jesus. Thomas had not. When I was growing up, Jesus' words always seemed like a pat on the back for modern Christians, since we believe in Jesus and the resurrection without seeing. But what if there's more to it than that? It is reasonable to believe in Jesus, given the evidence we have, and the testimony of a millennia of believers. What takes faith is believing when things are difficult, whether that means holding onto your faith in the face of personal tragedy, or accepting the teachings of the faith even when they don't make sense yet.

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Geeky Catholic Easter 2019

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Gospel Reading: John 20:1-9

Highlight (from the Sequence): "Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining. Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning."

Reflection: I'm not exaggerating when I say that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important thing that has ever happened in human history. St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that "if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins." But how many of us take the resurrection for granted? If you've known since childhood that Jesus rose from the dead, it might not seem as amazing anymore. Easter Sunday following after Good Friday becomes just as natural as day following night.

Perhaps we can better understand Easter's significance if we try to look at it from the perspective of someone who didn't know it was coming. To the apostles, the death of Jesus on Good Friday must have been unimaginably tragic. It wasn't just the death of their friend…

Geeky Catholic Sunday: Palm Sunday 2019

Gospel Reading: Luke 22:14-23:56

Highlight: "We have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal."

Reflection: As we prepare to enter the Easter Triduum, and meditate on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, let us take a moment to observe the contrast between Jesus and the two thieves on either side of him on Calvary Hill. When we fall - when we choose to sin instead of doing what is right - how do we react? Do we turn more fully away from Christ, or do we turn towards him? Do we become bitter because of the suffering that comes as a result of our sins, or do we turn towards the one who can relieve that suffering and forgive our sins?

Geeky Quote:
"If all was lost
There's more I gained
'Cause it led me back
To you."
               - Phineas T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Amen.

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