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Roads Less Traveled

Posted by debbie fields on 9/02/20

  For Sunday, September 6, 2020 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Ezekiel 33:7-9Romans 13:8-10Matthew 18:15-20

Humility and the desire to learn and grow are important virtues and qualities to possess. Having a true sense of my brokenness and incompleteness is essential for developing and maintaining healthy, challenging, and stimulating ... Read More »

The Good News of Discipleship

Posted by debbie fields on 8/26/20

  For Sunday, August 30, 2020 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Jeremiah 20:7-9Romans 12:1-2Matthew 16:21-27

“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” —Matthew 16:21

Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a program with ordained and lay minsters representing a number of Christian traditions and nationalities. Although we spent a lot of time working as a large group, at times we were divided into smaller groups for guided ... Read More »

Who Do We Say That Jesus Is?

Posted by debbie fields on 8/19/20

  For Sunday, August 23, 2020 21th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 22:19-23Romans 11:33-36Matthew 16:13-20

As election day draws near, the media will treat us to a steady diet of daily polls. The latest Rasmussen poll, Gallup poll, ABC News poll, or Zogby poll will be leading the evening ... Read More »

Sincerity in Prayer, Humility jin Faith

Posted by debbie fields on 8/12/20

  For Sunday, August 16, 2020 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 56:1, 6-7Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Matthew 15:21-28

This Sunday we see a woman whose plight has been ongoing, and she seems to be at her wit’s end with no answers on the horizon. She clearly loves her sick daughter, ... Read More »

Filling Your Heavenly Closet

Posted by debbie fields on 7/29/20

  For Sunday, August 2, 2020 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 55:1-3Romans 8:35, 37-39Matthew 14:13-21

Is your storehouse in heaven well stocked? Do graces come tumbling out like your belongings when you open the closet door? How will you avoid being the fool who spends more time accumulating ... Read More »

What Really Matters?

Posted by debbie fields on 7/23/20

  For Sunday, July 26, 2020 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12Romans 8:28-30Matthew 13:44-52 OR 13:44-46

Our current journey through this pandemic forces each of us to stop and consider what is really important. Our lives have been turned upside down and we have been asked ... Read More »

Called to Extend Mercy

Posted by debbie fields on 7/15/20

  For Sunday, July 19, 2020 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19Romans 8:26-27Matthew 13:24-43 OR 13:24-30

The parable of the “Wheat and the Weeds,” which only appears in the Gospel of Matthew, can be troubling. In essence, Jesus tells the story of a farmer whose crop of wheat ... Read More »

Seeds of Transformation

Posted by debbie fields on 7/08/20

  For Sunday, July 12, 2020 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 55:10-11Romans 8:18-23Matthew 13:1-23 OR 13:1-9

Words can be cheap. We can’t always tell whether people mean what they say until we see them do something about it. There are some people whose word we can trust, but ... Read More »

Weighted Down

Posted by debbie fields on 7/02/20

For Sunday, July 5, 2020 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Zechariah 9:9-10Romans 8:9, 11-13Matthew 11:25-30

There’s a Christian drama called Baggage. In the course of this monologue, the main character carries more and more (empty) luggage, slings, and backpacks, explaining how, through this and that scene, he collects baggage. You ... Read More »

Love God Above All Else

Posted by debbie fields on 6/23/20

  For Sunday, June 28, 2020 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16ARomans 6:3-4, 8-11Matthew 10:37-42

In college as a missionary there were many moments of contradiction. I would find myself in the presence of the materially poor and desire to do whatever I could to alleviate ... Read More »