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Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit?

July 17, 2017 6 Comments
Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit?

At Sunday Mass we heard the parable of the sower.  Afterward, someone asked me the following question: “Since the sower is the Son of Man, Jesus Himself, why would He, who knows everything ahead of time, sow seed He knew would not bear fruit?” First, let’s review the text: A sower went out to sow. […]

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Three Hard Sayings that Challenge Modern Sensibilities

June 27, 2017 6 Comments
Three Hard Sayings that Challenge Modern Sensibilities

The Gospel for today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year) features three hard sayings of the Lord’s. They are difficult for us moderns to hear because they offend against modern sensibilities; we are easily taken aback by their abruptness. Here are the first two “offensive” sayings: Do not give what is holy […]

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Love Lifted Me – A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

May 27, 2017 6 Comments
Love Lifted Me – A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. Let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ […]

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On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

May 18, 2017 3 Comments
On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

In the Gospel today (Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter), Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to set law in opposition to both love and joy. He joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude. Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in […]

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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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Many Titles of Christ from Scripture

February 1, 2017 8 Comments
Many Titles of Christ from Scripture

There are many, many different titles of Christ in both the New and Old Testaments. If one studies them carefully, they can provide a “mini-catechesis” of the Lord Jesus. Presented below are more than 150 different titles of Christ. For each title, I have included a link to the Scripture from which it was drawn. […]

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 18, 2016 2 Comments
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then […]

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A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus’ Stranger Sayings

November 17, 2015 10 Comments
A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus’ Stranger Sayings

It is one of the stranger dialogs that occurs in the Gospel, and it is hard not to rejoice in Jesus’ aplomb. We read it last week in daily Mass. In it, some Pharisees, likely disingenuous, approach Jesus, warning Him to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you. Probably […]

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