The Weekly Word, w/ Chris Mueller

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Each week Chris cracks open the word for the coming Sunday and gives a quick reflection. It's a primer for the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. Get into the Word, and prepare your heart to receive Him.

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  • Episode 74: Spiritual Warfare

    February 27th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  7 mins 29 secs

    Catechism 409: This dramatic situation of "the whole world [which] is in the power of the evil one"makes man's life a battle:
    The whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God's grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.

  • Episode 75: How can it be Lent already?

    February 26th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  2 mins 46 secs

    Fasting can be an incredibly effective medicine for the soul...Or, not.

  • Episode 73: Pray for those people?

    February 20th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  4 mins 1 sec

    Too often, my heart has been hardened against people who Jesus loves. Today, I want to let the words of Christ permeate me completely. Lord, help me to love those people you love. Even the ones who are hard to love.

  • Episode 72: An Update on Ben's Cancer Fight

    February 14th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  2 mins 20 secs

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to take a moment to update everyone on our four-year-old, Ben's, cancer fight. We are moving through it, and just finished a very intense phase of treatment. Praise God. More on the podcast.

  • Episode 71: Did you forget to ask?

    January 29th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 6 secs
  • Episode 70: Repentance and Renewal

    January 15th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 54 secs

    A Baptism of repentance is something people do, but A baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is not about what people are doing, but instead it is about what God is doing. It is a baptism of renewal. It is more than a person repenting. It is the Lord saying, I am recreating you in my Spirit. That is the baptism we Christians receive. That is the baptism that Jesus sent his disciples to give.

  • Episode 69: Why was Jesus Baptized?

    January 8th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  5 mins 12 secs

    Jesus came from Galilea, and asked John to baptize him as well. Jesus was, is, and always will be God. He is perfect. Jesus asking John to baptize him is backwards. The baptist’s own words made it clear that John fully understood this, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” (Matthew 3:14)  It is all wrong, or at least it seems wrong. Jesus has no need of John’s baptism. And yet, this is his first recorded act in all four Gospels. There is obviously something important happening here. We, as readers and followers of Christ, must ask the question, “Why does he do it?” Why does he travel from Galilea to Judea to be baptized by John when he has nothing, personally, to repent for?

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  • Episode 68: A Man to Look up To

    December 20th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  4 mins 32 secs

    There is a reason the St. Joseph is held up as such an example. It was not an accident that God chose this man to be his earthly role model. And we should not miss the opportunity to take St. Joseph as our role model either.

  • Episode 67: Tell John What You Hear

    December 15th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 14 secs

    This week it seems like we need to reflect on who Christ says he is, and who he says we are. Are we allowing him to be who He is? Can we believe who that we are who he has made us to be?

  • Episode 66: Wheat from the Chaff

    December 4th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 31 secs

    John the Baptist, in the Spirit of Elijah, announced that the Messiah was coming and that he would separate the wheat from the chaff. Read that as, “the real followers from those who just said they were his followers.” We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our thoughts, and our actions, so that when the Lord comes again we will be counted amongst those who were actually following him.

  • Episode 65: Break Out the Holiday Cheer - It's Advent

    November 27th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 25 secs

    Yes, joy is in the air. You’d expect the Sunday Gospel to be John the Baptist announcing the coming of the Lord, or maybe even the Angel appearing to Mary. Those are readings I think of when I think of Christmas. But remember, we are not in Christmas. We are in advent and Advent is a little different. It’s more like pregnancy. Expecting a baby is super joyful. But, it is also a time of preparation. And, to be quite frank, I am told it can be more than a little uncomfortable at times.

  • 64: It is never too late

    November 20th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 47 secs

    Christ died on the cross for our sin. He didn’t have to do it. He chose to do it out of love for you and for me. Remembering what he has done, we need to look at the witness of the two criminals and ask, how are we responding to the crucified Lord? Do we revile him? Do we ungratefully come to the Lord, and accuse him of not doing what we want? Do we question who he is because of the hardships we encounter? Or, like the second criminal, do we acknowledge his righteousness, confess our own sin, and ask for mercy? It’s a gut check. Do I treat God like he is Lord, or do I call him Lord, and ask him to do what I want, as if I was the master?

  • 63: Are You Ready to Give Testimony?

    November 13th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 47 secs

    Are you ready to give your testimony? If called upon, can you tell a person why you are a follower of Christ or why you live so differently than those who are not following Christ? If you say no, that’s ok. Remember, Jesus actually tells the apostles not to prepare what they will say. They are supposed to trust that he will provide the words. So, we are not supposed to have prepared answers. No, instead we are supposed to enter into conversation, debates, and even persecution with an openness to the Lord, asking him to open our ears, and to provide the right words.

  • 62: One Bride for Seven Brothers?

    November 6th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  4 mins 36 secs

    Death is part of life. It’s part of being a creature. Everything dies. Every creature gets a certain allotment of time, and then it’s over. When a dog dies, that’s it. The end. When Cats die so ends the story. Slugs, lizards, bacteria, etc. There is this life, and that’s it. There are, however, two exceptions this rule. The first are the Angels. They are creatures. They are created beings. God made them. They do not die because they are purely spiritual, so they don’t die, don’t have kids, don’t eat, and so on. The other exception is us. People. People are a little more complicated. We are physical and spiritual. Yes, our physical bodies will die, but that isn’t the end of the story.

  • 61: You have what they are looking for

    October 30th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 7 secs

    In the case of Zacchaeus, Jesus sees the curiosity. Far from being annoyed at the attention Zacchaeus gives him, Jesus want’s more. He breaks through Zacchaeus curiosity and makes himself present to Zaccheaus in a way that he could have not anticipated. Jesus goes to his house. Jesus knows that he is a sinner. He knows that to Zacchaeus he is just a spectacle, but Jesus also knows that he is the thing that Zacchaeus has been looking for.

  • 60: Oh God, be merciful to me a sinner.

    October 24th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  2 mins 56 secs

    I am a Christian. You know how that makes me different than other people? It means I am admitting my need for a savior. It means I stand before God and man and say, I am a sinner in need of a savior. That is central to the Good News. Jesus came to save sinners, and as St. Paul reminds us in Romans 3, “all have sinned. . .” Even the Christians. Especially us. That’s why we needed a savior.