Arise and Shine: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

In both the first reading (Numbers 11:25-29) and the Gospel (Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) jealousy is rearing its ugly head again. In the case of Eldad and Medad (baby names anyone), who didn’t show up for the party at the tent but still received the Spirit, no one believed their […]

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Arise and Shine (James 2:14-18)

Every year, I seem to have a recurring conversation with youth ministers who enter the world of parenthood. Every youth minister desires to be the BEST youth minister they can be, and once you are blessed with a spouse and a son or daughter, the struggle is real to find […]

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Arise and Shine: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Jesus had a few issues with the Pharisees, and I think it’s safe to say, they had some issues with Jesus as well. The Pharisees were a religious and highly political party in the time of Christ. Following the letter of the law was of the utmost importance to them […]

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Arise and Shine: John 6:51-58

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” I think the disciples and followers of Christ are a bit confused in the Gospel today. They are fixated more on what Christ […]

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Arise and Shine (John 6:24-35)

“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6:27) For the past eight years, I have been blessed to serve the church through Life Teen. I’m blessed by the relationships I have with […]

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The Four Calendars of Youth Ministry

Calendaring is tough in youth ministry! And I’m not just talking about balancing your personal calendar with your ministry calendar so you can have a few meals a week with your family. I’m not even addressing the multiple online applications like Google Calendar, Wunderlist, or Any Do that can help […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 6:30-34)

“When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34) I don’t know about you, but this week I think I reached the tipping point of […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 6:1-6)

“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” Mark 6:4 I am the youngest child in my family. No matter how old I may get, I will always be the youngest. I could write a book that becomes […]

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Moving Day: A Priest’s Perspective on Reassignment

Fr. Duy Le was ordained on June 11, 2011, and was assigned to St. Anne’s in Seal Beach, California. The small beach community welcomed him with open arms and hearts immediately. He served St. Anne’s for the past four years and is facing his first priest reassignment. In between packing […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 4:35-41)

I can still remember Sunday afternoons when my dad, exhausted after a long week of work, would be sitting on the couch, enjoying a football or baseball game. He just wanted to rest. I would come up, lay my head on his stomach, and say, “I’m bored.” Being the best […]

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