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The Word of God

October 18, 2017 4 Comments
The Word of God

We continue to read from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. In today’s reading, we learn that we are justified by faith apart from the Law. The debates about faith and works are often the result of varied interpretations of today’s text. One of the sources of confusion is a failure to […]

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What Was the Foundation of Jesus’ Life and Ministry?

September 28, 2017 1 Comment
What Was the Foundation of Jesus’ Life and Ministry?

One of Jesus’ most central qualities was that He loved His Heavenly Father and was loved by Him. To put it colloquially, Jesus was crazy about His Father. He was always talking about Him. Jesus often sought remote places in order to be able to spend extended time with His Father. Clearly He also knew […]

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When Jesus Said No

September 5, 2017 14 Comments
When Jesus Said No

One of the difficulties that many Christians experience is that although the needs around us are great, we are limited in both personal strength and resources. Lurking in the back of our minds is the idea that whatever the problem, Jesus would always help and therefore we should as well. Is it always wrong to […]

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Who is the Thief? Exploring One of Jesus’ More Provocative Images

September 4, 2017 3 Comments
Who is the Thief? Exploring One of Jesus’ More Provocative Images

One of the more interesting and surprising images the Lord used for Himself was “thief.” There is an indirect reference to this in the first reading for Tuesday of the 22nd week of the year. I’ll comment more on that passage in a moment, but first here are some other texts in which He used […]

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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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