In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Water in the Desert

    And so it goes…life on this planet is not possible without water. Same goes for external life. Baptism IS necessary for salvation. Water events, both in scarcity and abundance, require action and an enormous amount of reflection. It’s ironic that water is also reflective by nature and thus demands our attention; much like the human […] Read more

  • Marriage Blessed and Ordained by God Alone

    We find ourselves, as Godly people of faith, enmeshed in another social upheaval regarding marriage.  First, the Bible and church tradition has consistently defined marriage, Holy Matrimony, as between a man and a women. Why? Because man and woman were created for each other.    Societies since the beginning of time have adopted roles for […] Read more

  • Giving (and Receiving) Every Day…Not Just Tuesday

    I write today on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Designated a ‘Giving Tuesday’ that began a decade ago to raise awareness of the need to enact radical generosity in the hearts and souls of people. This movement has grown to become global in scope, while remaining locally focused. If you are like me, your inbox and […] Read more

  • God’s Provisions for Our Time in the Wilderness

    Reflection on Mark 1:9-15 In this Gospel passage, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ Baptism and immediate departure into the desert wilderness where Jesus will reside and be tempted by Satan. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the very Spirit of God, to a place where death was a very real possibility. He is […] Read more

  • Transforming the Continuum of Care

    Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 months…the global pandemic has resulted in inequitable panic, concern, and impulsive reactions among government officials and the ‘health care’ community. The reactions and fear have not been unfounded. Millions worldwide have been impacted and many have died as a direct result of the […] Read more

  • Christ The King

    We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So […] Read more

Giving (and Receiving) Every Day…Not Just Tuesday

I write today on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Designated a ‘Giving Tuesday’ that began a decade ago to raise awareness of the need to enact radical generosity in the hearts and souls of people. This movement has grown to become global in scope, while remaining locally focused. If you are like me, your inbox and mailbox is full of requests for dollars. What originally began as a hands-on day of giving now rests in the click of mouse or touch on a pad and dropping an envelope in the mail. Simply, our hearts are giving and our hands are idle. Such is life in affluent society. No more roll-up your sleeves? The answer is both/and. Yes we are wired to do both, Circumstances and situations require both, but maybe not by the same individual. Perhaps we have nothing of monetary value to give, but our time, sweat and tears. Maybe in our giving we have the money and so we do give.

Even if this day of giving ends up with money transfer or if it ends up with blisters, scars, and ridicule. We gave. Why is that important? Because its not what we gave but what is received by both the giver AND receiver. Our bodies in their fragile and intricately balanced state, need both. Those who can – do. Those who can’t – always try. It’s part of who and whose we are. God gives and God receives. Create in the image of God, we are givers and receivers who benefit from both. Sharing resources – that we were blessed with by God in the first place – is righteous. We get this sharing instinct from our Creator. Despite the dubious grammar… WE CAN’T NOT GIVE.

Since we ‘need’ to give and to also ‘receive’ our daily destiny is a both/and affair – intimate and sacrificial. Giving Tuesday is brilliant..as it points to another 6 days of opportunity. It is no mistake that a capitalist society is driven by catch phrases and days earmarked for sales. We are on a roller coaster: Acquiring what we don’t need on Black Friday and then dispatching what is left on Giving Tuesday that follows. If we step off the coaster and level the terrain of life and give everyday there is a chance we can return to living for God and others, rather than ourselves first.

Many have suggested thoughtful and tangible ways to ‘train our brain’ to connect with the original intent of God. For example, the 80/20 rule – where we live on 80%, give away 10% and save 10% of every dollar we are blessed to receive. That works in human terms, but eternally is doesn’t measure up. Remember the balance state – giver and receiver. God desires 100%. If we give everyday then someone receives everyday. A perpetual graceXchange. God gave the life of His Son Jesus so that by grace alone we could be saved. We give and others receive. In turn, others give and we receive. The giver-receiver relationship stokes its own engine powered out of love rather than obligation. This may sound like the premise of the movie pay-it-forward, with one exception. Except for the reality that God always gets God’s way. God gets us, His imperfect creation because Jesus kept His eyes focused on the prize – forgiveness.


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