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Reading I: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Reading II: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46 Babe, the Shepherd-King? Have you ever seen the movie Babe? It’s an oldie but a goodie - mid-90s - but if you spend much time around small children, you might be...read more
Reading I: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 GOSPEL: Matthew 25:14-30 Multiply Your Gifts We are all blessed with different gifts, talents and abilities. Some are high profile and obvious to others, but some of these things are not so...read more
Reading I: Wisdom 6:12-16 Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 GOSPEL: Matthew 25:1-13 Make the Wise Choice! In today's fast-paced, work-a-day world, it's far too easy to get caught up in the minutiae of our secular lives and forget about our spiritual lives. The...read more
It’s very easy for us to pass by those in need without a second thought. When we do this, we are rejecting our own shepherd. This makes us the goats of the parable – and we know where they go! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: Donate your...read more
We are all blessed with different gifts, talents and abilities. The Lord gave them to us so that we would spread them around, not keep them hidden away! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: Choose something you're good at and use that talent to...read more
In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to forget about our spiritual lives as we're running from one activity to the next - but Jesus tells us that we should always be prepared for the coming of the Lord! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week:...read more
RESPECT is the foundation for everything that we do. We start by respecting each other. We respect our friends, our peers, our parents, all life, and all of God’s creation. If we can’t meet the challenge of showing respect, then we’ll fail the other three challenges!
ENGAGE is what we do in order to move ahead. We don’t disengage from life… we fully participate! We engage with each other and with the activities that are presented to us. We understand that the more of ourselves we put into something, the more we’ll get out!
ACCEPT is a word that’s easy to say but hard to live! We strive to accept each other as we are. We want to accept each other because of our differences, not in spite of them. We believe that God made us all unique and loves us all, so the least we can do is accept one another!
LIVE is the final challenge we give ourselves. The only way to share the Good News is to live it every day. And we choose to live the other three challenges every day as well: RESPECT, ENGAGE & ACCEPT. When we add LIVE to the other three, we end up Keeping It REAL!