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Why Do Some of the Psalms Seem Boastful?

August 22, 2017 7 Comments
Why Do Some of the Psalms Seem Boastful?

To anyone who regularly reads the Liturgy of the Hours, some of the psalms seem downright boastful. They sound too much like the Pharisee who went to pray and said, God, I thank you that I am not like other people — robbers, evildoers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice […]

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Clearing up Confusion with Today’s Gospel on the Temple Tax

August 13, 2017 2 Comments
Clearing up Confusion with Today’s Gospel on the Temple Tax

The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the 19th Week) is likely confusing to anyone who hears it proclaimed in the United States because the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), used for the lectionary in this country, makes what I would argue is an inaccurate translation of the Greek text. Here is the passage […]

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Does God Harden Human Hearts?

July 24, 2017 15 Comments
Does God Harden Human Hearts?

One of the more difficult biblical themes to understand is that of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain people. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh. Before sending Moses to him, God said that He would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). There are other instances in which biblical texts speak of God […]

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My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

July 15, 2017 5 Comments
My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

What do you expect to happen as a result of reading and hearing God’s Word? Do you expect to encounter something that will change you? The response of most people is pretty tepid and uninspired. Most don’t really expect much nor have they ever. For them, reading or hearing God’s Word is more of a […]

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A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

July 9, 2017 10 Comments
A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

One of God’s stranger affections is the special love He had for Jacob of the Old Testament. We are reading through this story in daily Mass this week. According to some, the name Jacob means “grabber” or “usurper.” Even while still in his mother Rebekah’s womb, Jacob wrestled with his twin brother, Esau. Although Esau […]

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“And in the Morning Watch, the Lord … Cast a Glance” – A Meditation on the Look of the Lord

May 28, 2017 1 Comment
“And in the Morning Watch, the Lord … Cast a Glance” – A Meditation on the Look of the Lord

Lest the Easter Season slip away and I miss the chance, I would like to look back on a reading from the Easter Vigil. There is indeed an astonishing verse in the Exodus account, which was read at the Easter Vigil. The Lord has parted the waters of the Red Sea by a strong eastern […]

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Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 20, 2017 3 Comments
Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life. Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a […]

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Stern Love – A Meditation on a Moment When Jesus Was Unkind

February 9, 2017 5 Comments
Stern Love – A Meditation on a Moment When Jesus Was Unkind

The Gospel for today’s Mass shocks most modern readers and perhaps a few ancient ones as well. It is the story of the Syrophoenician woman who begs Jesus to heal her daughter. But Jesus ignores and then rebuffs her. Our shock says perhaps more about our poor understanding of love than about Jesus’ terse response. For review, here is […]

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