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There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus – Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours

July 13, 2016 4 Comments
There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus – Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours

The Gospel from Wednesday’s Daily Mass contains memorable but often misunderstood lines: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest … Take my yoke upon you … For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. The most important word in this sentence is the word “my.” […]

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Is It Time to Flee the World?

July 12, 2016 28 Comments
Is It Time to Flee the World?

As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass, we read of Israel’s painful purifications and also of a coming punishment of the surrounding nations. These ancient stories have something to say to us today. As Isaiah sets forth, God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified. […]

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Who was Isaiah?

July 11, 2016 3 Comments
Who was Isaiah?

We are reading excerpts from the Prophet Isaiah this week in the Daily Liturgy, particularly from passages in which God’s judgment on unbelief and sin is proclaimed. I will write a bit more on this tomorrow, but perhaps for today there is some benefit in looking at Isaiah by way of overview. Let’s consider key […]

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Some Thoughts on Recent Tragedies and Racial Tensions

July 10, 2016 22 Comments
Some Thoughts on Recent Tragedies and Racial Tensions

For some twenty-four of my twenty-seven years as a priest I have lived in and ministered to largely African-American parishes and communities. It has been a great blessing to me spiritually, liturgically, and personally. As you may imagine, I get a lot of questions from people when racially charged events appear in the news. I’m […]

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Love Lightens Every Load – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

July 9, 2016 4 Comments
Love Lightens Every Load – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

One could easily reduce today’s Gospel to trite moralisms: Help people in trouble; Be kind to strangers; etc. While these are certainly good thoughts, I would argue that it is about far deeper things than human kindness or ethics. This is a Gospel about the transformative power of God’s love and our need to receive […]

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The Dignity of Humanity, as Observed in a Thousand Points of Light

July 8, 2016 4 Comments
The Dignity of Humanity, as Observed in a Thousand Points of Light

Given the violence of the past week both in the U.S. and abroad, it is important to consider the dignity of human life. I think the video below helps to do this. In it, you will see a visual representation of worldwide airline traffic over a 24-hour period. Each plane is represented by a small […]

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When Israel Was a Child I Loved Him – A Meditation on the Heavenly Father’s Love

July 7, 2016 0 Comments
When Israel Was a Child I Loved Him – A Meditation on the Heavenly Father’s Love

We recently pondered the story of Hosea’s marriage and through it had a glimpse into the heart of God. In today’s reading from Hosea, we get another look into the heart of the Father, not from the perspective of God as husband, but as Father to Israel. In this passage we get another moving portrait […]

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Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters

July 6, 2016 14 Comments
Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters

There is a tendency for us to simplistically dismiss the gods of the ancient world as mere figments of human imagination, but the biblical approach is a bit more complex than that. To be clear, at no time in the Scriptures were these gods ever acknowledged to be gods in any true sense of the […]

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