What do we do when something unexpected happens and we suspect it might be God accomplishing something beyond our imagination? When God does the unexpected, is it a blessing to us or a stumbling block? Join Father Ed as he reflects on this week's gospel.
Abraham sat in the doorway of his tent wondering what had gone wrong. God had promised to make him a great nation. But here he was 100 years old and childless. Then three men walked by. He insisted on showing them hospitality, and discovered he was entertaining God. Join Father Ed as he explores one of the universal principles of God: when the vision dies, comes the resurrection.
In the story of Mary and Marth, most people I ask identify more with Martha, who was busy taking care of the dinner party. Mary simply sat at Jesus' feet and listened to his words. Jesus said that Mary had chosen the better part, but our lives are more like Martha's. How do we live as Mary in a Martha world?
In today's Gospel, Jesus comes across as a bit harsh. He discourages those who would become his disciples. "Let the dead bury their own dead." "Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head." But as he makes his way to Jerusalem, he is very clear that to follow him will cost us everything! Is Jesus worth the cost? Join Father Ed as he reflects on why we commit ourselves to Jesus.
This talk invites the listener to view Pentecost in a slightly different light, as the coming of Christ in Spirit. So many believers look to the Second Coming of Christ to solve all their problems and lose sight of the reality that Christ is already here in Spirit, in sacrament, and in His Church. Join Fr. Ed as he leads us all into a new understanding of the wonder of Pentecost.
This talk is longer than most of the podcasts here, lasting just under an hour. It was given at the Pentecost Vigil at Sanctuary of Hope in Kansas City. This is a great overview of this special and unique experience often overlooked by many Catholics. Join Father Ed as he explains just what the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is, why it is important, and what you must do to receive it. It is well worth the time spent.