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A Call to Discipleship

Exegesis of the Gospel, Mk 6:7–13 Mark describes the process Jesus used to call his first disciples in 1:16–20. Jesus summoned four fishermen and immediately they left their fishing boats and pointed their lives in a new and challenging direction called discipleship. In today's Gospel the number of disciples has increased to 12. Jesus is going to authorize and empower them to assist him in the work of proclaiming the good news in word and by deed.
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The Pain of Rejection

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 6: 1-6a An important theme running throughout the Gospel of Mark is Jesus being rejected by the very people who should accept and support him. His family thinks he is crazy (Mk 3:21), his hometown people think he is a fraud (Mk 6:1-6), his disciples flee from him at the moment he needs them most (Mk 14:50), and even God seems to have abandoned Jesus (Mk 15:34). 
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Embracing God's Wisdom

Exegesis of the 1st reading:  Wis 1:13–15; 2:23–24 The wisdom promoted in this book is not the conventional kind associated with intellectual pursuits. In this book wisdom is living in right relationship with God. In its very first line this book challenges readers to love “righteousness” and to think of the Lord. 
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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Exegesis of the Gospel: Lk 1:57-66, 80 With regard to the solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist and the Gospel passage that focuses directly on that event: The birth itself is stated without any details. More time is spent describing the circumcision and naming of this newborn child. And finally the response of the neighbors is given. They are not sure what to make of this child or what he was destined to become.
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Read the Bible Like Never Before

In our travels and interactions, we often hear that the Bible, the Catholic Church, and Catholic faith feel painfully disconnected from real life. Parents wonder why their kids no longer practice the faith despite weekly Mass attendance, years of Catholic school, and having received confirmation and the other sacraments. Often Catholicism seems like a long list of rules or a dry routine rather than the vibrant life with God it’s meant to be. What has caused this widespread disconnect?
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Saints Martha and Mary: Jesus Loves Them Both

Now as they went on their way, [Jesus] entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
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The Significance of the Transfiguration

In the ninth chapter of Luke's Gospel, Jesus foretells his suffering and death (9:22), and then warns all who would be followers about the cost of discipleship--"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (9:23). Then he describes what it means to follow him.
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The Book of Job: A Lesson on Being Angry with God

My older sister Patricia died of spina bifida before I was born. My younger sister Linda died of spina bifida when I was 3. Given that I was raised in a traditional, stoic, Irish-Catholic family, my sisters and their deaths were never talked about. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed until I was 5 and found their names in our family Bible. “Who are these people?” I asked my mother. “They are your sisters”—that was all she said.
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A Reflection on Psalm 139

1  You have searched me,   Lord ,     and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down;     you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue     you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before,     and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,     too lofty for me to attain.
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