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How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

May 13, 2018 0 Comments
How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

There is an interaction between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, recounted in John’s Gospel, teaching that Christ’s ascension is about more than just His going up to Heaven. In this, His ascension is like all of His actions: they are not just for Him but also for us. As Christ ascends, we are called to ascend […]

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

April 3, 2018 1 Comment
“And in the Morning Watch the Lord … Cast a Glance …” A Meditation on the Look of the Lord

There is 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 wind and the Israelites have just made the crossing and the Egyptians pursued them. The verse says: And in the morning watch the Lord in […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “I Am Ascending”?

April 2, 2018 3 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “I Am Ascending”?

Even as Easter moves swiftly on, it is valuable to ponder some of the puzzling aspects of the resurrection. In this, St. Thomas Aquinas remains our teacher, along with the Fathers of the Church whom he references. Let’s explore the enigmatic statement of our Lord Jesus to Mary Magdalene: Do not cling to me, for […]

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Four Proofs Advanced by Jesus to Show His Divinity

March 14, 2018 2 Comments
Four Proofs Advanced by Jesus to Show His Divinity

In the Gospel for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent (John 5:31-47), Jesus sets forth a case for his divinity and presents evidence to his Jewish listeners of his divine status. He does not just come out of Galilee calling himself God. He demonstrates his power and calls other witnesses to testify. More of […]

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A Dramatic Biblical Moment That Nearly Everyone Missed

February 1, 2018 18 Comments
A Dramatic Biblical Moment That Nearly Everyone Missed

The moment of the Presentation of Jesus was one of the most dramatic in biblical history, yet almost no one noticed. The first part of this post is review for those of you who read my blog regularly. To skip to the newer insights, skip down to the sentence in red. Joseph and Mary have […]

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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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Encouragement from Jesus in One of His Lesser-Known Sayings

January 8, 2018 1 Comment
Encouragement from Jesus in One of His Lesser-Known Sayings

It’s one of the stranger dialogues that occurs in the Gospel, yet it is difficult not to rejoice in the aplomb of Jesus has he says it. Some Pharisees, likely disingenuous in their motives, approach Jesus  to warn him that he needs to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill […]

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Why Was He Named Jesus and Not Emmanuel?

January 2, 2018 9 Comments
Why Was He Named Jesus and Not Emmanuel?

Yesterday we continued our meditation on the Eighth Day of Christmas by pondering the meaning of the Lord’s circumcision, which occurred on that day. In today’s post we consider another thing that took place on the same day: The name “Jesus” was announced and ascribed to Him. Was this really the best name for Him? […]

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