Browsing the 2021 archive of Deacon Wilson's Wisdom

FAITH OVERCOMES FEAR

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 6/17/21

            Lakes, rivers, bays, oceans, in fact any body of water can offer the most idyllic of views.  For many people living near water seems to implant some magic spell that allows them to use that nearby body of water as a serene source, a vision of beauty, and ... Read More »

KINGDOM MAGIC

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 6/09/21

            Farmers are patient people who plant their crops and then confidently wait for the soil and the seed to produce a bountiful harvest.  What begins as tiny seeds tucked in the earth slowly grow and bloom even though we don’t know exactly how that works?  As if by ... Read More »

MYSTERIOUS TRINITY

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 5/27/21

            Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity.  The very mention of the name---Trinity---conjures up the ancient struggle to try to understand the mystery of how a God of three persons is possible.  Three yet one and one yet three is a concept we can’t wrap our ... Read More »

WE ARE CHURCH

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 5/18/21

            The spirit of Pentecost requires an attitude of inclusion and ecumenism. It is reaching out beyond our own limits and biases to speak in a language that all can understand.  Theologian Karl Rahner once explained the importance of Pentecost as the “realization that the center of all reality, ... Read More »

GOOD NEWS MESSINGERS

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 5/13/21

We proudly call ourselves Christians, people who are sent to “proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  That request came from Jesus himself as he sent his disciples, “to preach everywhere while [he] the Lord worked with them.” We too are sent to face the challenges of our world. We ... Read More »

LOVE JESUS-STYLE

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 5/05/21

            If you listened carefully to the Scriptures today, you may have noticed that one word was repeated 18 times.  It is a word that has been used so often in so many different circumstances that it has almost lost its meaning. The word is “love.” It is used ... Read More »

FRUITFUL AND FAITHFUL

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 4/29/21

There is a Trappist Monastery in California that has hundreds of plum trees with only one older monk as the pruner of these trees.  He is an expert pruner, watching over the trees and deciding which need pruning to produce the best fruit.  A machine could not do what ... Read More »

SHEPHERDS ALL

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 4/22/21

            Scripture is filled with concrete and memorable images that vividly illustrate the most difficult of divine concepts.  Biblical authors have used such images to communicate their experiences of God that dramatically and powerfully connect divine ideas with everyday familiar images.  Today’s Gospel relates ... Read More »

EASTER PEOPLE!

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 4/14/21

      During this Easter season, the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, the Church asks us to reflect:  Have we been changed by this Lenten journey and this Easter experience?  We have again encountered, in a dramatic way, Jesus-Servant, Jesus-crucified, and Jesus-risen, and are we spiritually healthier after ... Read More »

EASTER JOY!

Posted by Kellee Chwala on 3/25/21

            During these last few weeks you have no doubt noticed a variety of Easter displays of colorful baskets of various sizes filled with furry and eatable bunnies, and a multicolored array of candy and eggs.  While these displays are hard to miss, they pale in size and number ... Read More »