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Envy Illustrated

January 17, 2018 0 Comments
Envy Illustrated

In the reading at daily Mass for Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, we encounter an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, […]

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Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

January 16, 2018 8 Comments
Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

Many decades ago, C.S. Lewis wrote about the problem of substituting kindness for love: We [speak] nowadays almost exclusively [of God’s] lovingness …. And by love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others happy …. What would really satisfy us would be a god who said of anything we happened […]

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Jesus and Bending the Law

January 15, 2018 8 Comments
Jesus and Bending the Law

In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus […]

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Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

January 14, 2018 2 Comments
Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.” True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are […]

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A Picture of a Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 13, 2018 2 Comments
A Picture of a Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

The first reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet. Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the […]

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Our Interconnectedness as Seen in a Commercial

January 12, 2018 0 Comments
Our Interconnectedness as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us that the products we use don’t just come out of nowhere. Good goes around and around. The Cheerios in the cereal box started out as seeds in the ground, but the commercial stops well short of showing everyone we should thank for the final product. • Before sowing the seed, […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

January 11, 2018 5 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

Every now and then someone will come to me and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s to ask for money! Then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, you may not […]

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A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher

January 10, 2018 2 Comments
A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher

As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. In this, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. Scripture speaks of His renown as a preacher and the eagerness with which many heard Him. And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as […]

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