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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), ‘Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come here.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet…” (Jn 4: 13-19)

 

Our Lord is drawing the woman out of herself, letting her tell Him things He already kn...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

”Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)

At times, all sorts of things can make me a bit squirrelly about ”confession”: fear, denial, shame, self-isolation, or simply indifference.

 

But when I do bring myself to reveal, first to myself and then to God and another, the burden I’ve been carrying around, hiding, denying, and yet resenting – the burden of the misdirection of my will, called “sin,” – when I bring this out and “con-fess,” I literally “say together with” God, and the fellowship of my Church, the truth about myself. This truth sets me free from self-isolation and brings back my sense of belonging. That is, belonging to God and the rest of humanity. My burden is shared, when I share it in confession. It is no longer carried...

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