Author Archives: John D Stubbs

On the Loss of a Child (Lk 12:32-40)

In our Gospel reading (Lk 12:32-40), Jesus indicates to us, his “little flock”, the importance of watchfulness over our treasure of faith, and the importance of perseverance. In terms of watchfulness, I remember once losing my son at an amusement … Continue reading

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The Revenant and The Lord’s Prayer

The Revenant was an Oscar winning ‘survival’ movie last year (2015).  Set in Montana and South Dakota, it was based on (but different from) the story of Hugh Glass in 1823. As portrayed in this very bleak movie, Glass’ desperate … Continue reading

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A British massacre of German sailors

What Jesus calls essential: The loving care of the other The British ship HMS Dorchester played a key role in sinking the German battleship Bismarck on 21 May 1941.  Then, in an act of vengeance and hatred, the HMS Dorchester … Continue reading

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“My name is legion”

by Mitch Palmer “Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion;’ for many demons had entered him.” He called himself Legion but that is not his true name. That is not who he is. It is, rather, … Continue reading

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What Really Matters — July 17 2016

Today I think of air Captain Chesley Sullenberger III.  Born in 1951 in Denison, Texas, He was a faithful member of his Methodist Church and an excellent student. By January 15 2009 he had been a pilot for 30 years, with … Continue reading

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Outcasts accept Jesus — Lk 7:36- 8:3 — Sun Jun 12 2016

A central idea in today’s Gospel reading (Lk 7:36-8:3) is that it is the outcast person, or publicly recognized sinful person who accepts Jesus, as he accepts them.  The elite people (Simon) do not accept Jesus for who he says … Continue reading

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When Our Divisions Increase, Finding Healing

At this time of the year (May 8) we have the Feast of the Ascension (just past), today’s gospel reading (John 17:20-26) and the Feast of Pentecost coming up next Sunday.  So by virtue of the Ascension, all things have … Continue reading

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