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Christ’s Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways

January 15, 2019 0 Comments
Christ’s Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways

The first reading from Mass for Tuesday of the First Week of the Year is from the Letter to the Hebrews. It sets forth the total victory of Christ and that the Father has subjected all things to Christ. Yet the text also shows how the outworking of this subjugation is paradoxical. Note first the […]

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The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews

January 14, 2019 2 Comments
The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews

This week in daily Mass, we are reading from The Letter to the Hebrews, one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament. It has long been one of my favorites from which to teach; in it we are summoned to faith in Jesus, our Savior and Great High Priest. The opening lines in […]

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Christmas Wrap-up: Some Less-Obvious Questions about the Incarnation

January 7, 2019 2 Comments
Christmas Wrap-up: Some Less-Obvious Questions about the Incarnation

Welcome to Epiphany-tide. In this week we transition from Christmas to the public ministry of Christ, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord scheduled for this coming Sunday. Before we leave Christmas altogether, we do well to ponder certain less-obvious questions about the Lord’s incarnation and birth. These questions are taken from St. […]

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The Rich Tapestry Faith On New Years Day

January 1, 2019 1 Comment
The Rich Tapestry Faith On New Years Day

The feast day of January 1st is a very complex tapestry, both culturally and liturgically. Perhaps we can use the second reading by St. Paul to the Galatians as a way to weave through some of the many details. We can look at it in three parts. I. The chronology of our celebration– The text […]

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Who Is This King of Glory?

December 28, 2018 0 Comments
Who Is This King of Glory?

At Christmas, we ponder the fact that we are now able to see God in human terms. By taking to Himself a human nature, God made His divine attributes visible in human form. The video below shows different images of Christ as well some of the many names/titles by which He is known.  

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Why Was Christ Born of a Woman Instead of Appearing on Earth by His Own Power?

December 23, 2018 7 Comments
Why Was Christ Born of a Woman Instead of Appearing on Earth by His Own Power?

On this Christmas Eve we ponder the approaching mysteries. A question so basic that it does not occur to some to even ask is this: Why did the Lord choose to come to us through a woman, Mary, when He could have come in any manner He pleased? He could have bypassed conception, gestation, birth, […]

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Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

December 12, 2018 3 Comments
Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

In preparation for the coming of Christmas, we have been discussing some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings. In this last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come of […]

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Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

December 11, 2018 21 Comments
Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue. Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa […]

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