Hi, my name is Agnes, and as you can see from its title, the purpose of this blog is to search for God. Since the simple answer to the question ‘Where is God?” is “God is everywhere”, we should expect to find God wherever we look for him. Then why is it so difficult for many to find him?
This blog is written from a Roman Catholic perspective, so we will look into our Church’s liturgy, its sacraments, our everyday activities, and our dealings with each other.
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January 31st, 2016
What Makes the Difference?
Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In this day’s second reading we hear St. Paul’s digression on “love”. First he speaks of the necessity of love, and then lists some of the virtues that flow from love. This is a well known and well loved passage. (1 Corinthians 12:13-13:13)
But what is love? This is a difficult, if not impossible question for us humans to answer. Recently some of us heard a homily in which the homilist insisted that God loved each person exactly the same – loved me as much as he loved his mother! My immediate response was “no way!” But as I thought this over I remembered St. John’s statement that “God is love”. I realized that since God is infinitely simple, he can only have one love, and that is himself. We are all loved in that one love. Therefore, it is our response to that love that makes all the difference!
January 24th, 2016
“Rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength”
Today’s first reading and psalm remind us that God’s commands are not meant to be a burden, but a road map to happiness and joy.
In the second reading, St. Paul continues his theme of last week, expressing diversity of gifts in one unified body. “In one Spirit, we are all baptized into one body.” I cannot find any better words to say this than St. Paul used, so I suggest you reread this passage. (1 Corinthians 12:12-30)
I urge you to enter into this sentiment by joining in our Communion song:
“One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
One cup of blessing which we bless,
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
We are one body in this one Lord.”
In today’s second reading, St. Paul reminds the Corinthians that the Spirit gives all of us many spiritual gifts, but we each receive different gifts. Perhaps a good thing to do today after listening to this reading would be to take a mental survey of all the good things that happen in our parish, and then to consider the gifts of all those who make these things happen. Then look at your own gifts and reflect on how you are using them. Is there any gift you have and could further use to bring help, gladness, or joy to others?