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Monday, May 20, 2019
MEMORIAL OF BERNARDINE OF SIENA, PRIEST
It’s good to evolve

Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) was known as a gifted preacher. But many of his sermons were polemics against Jews and homosexual peoples. The cultural, political, and religious context of his time gave tacit approval to such invective. But Catholic thinking today has evolved. The catechism now teaches that people with same-sex attraction "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” (#2358). And, according to the catechism, the church “enjoys a link” with the Jewish people, the “first to hear the word of God” (#839). Do you hold assumptions about others that need to be reexamined?

TODAY'S READINGS: Acts 14:5-18; John 14:21-26 (285). “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything.”

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BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION

George went on a vacation to the Middle East with most of his family including his mother-in-law. During their vacation and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With the death certificate in hand, George went to the American Consulate to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial. The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law, told George that the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000. The Consul continued, “In most cases the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150.” George thought for some time and answered, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back; that’s what I want to do.” The Consul, after hearing this, said, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much, considering the difference in price.” “No, it’s not that!” said George. “You see, I know of a case many years ago of a person, by name Jesus, who was buried here in Jerusalem. On the third day he arose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance.”

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