Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on Pinterest Connect on Google Plus Connect on Flickr Connect on YouTube

A Meditation on Eternal Life

January 7, 2018 1 Comment
A Meditation on Eternal Life

We are concluding our reading of the First Letter of John during daily Mass. Many struggle to understand this letter because they miss the experiential aspects of the faith to which he refers. Consider just a few brief lines from the end of the letter: [God] has testified on behalf of his Son. Whoever believes […]

Continue Reading »

Walking with the Wise – A Homily for Epiphany

January 6, 2018 5 Comments
Walking with the Wise – A Homily for Epiphany

There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ. In this meditation I would like to follow these Magi in […]

Continue Reading »

No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

January 5, 2018 2 Comments
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

The video below is a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial that takes up the theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. The star called them […]

Continue Reading »

Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

January 4, 2018 22 Comments
Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

Not too long ago, one of my readers sent me a collection of sayings or aphorisms on the topic of ministry. The collection is entitled Defining Ministry.  The reader, who apparently does not think I follow modern trends very well, scolded me for being out-of-touch and recommended that I review the list. That reader apparently […]

Continue Reading »

Who or What Is the Antichrist? A Reflection on the Biblical Teaching

January 3, 2018 17 Comments
Who or What Is the Antichrist? A Reflection on the Biblical Teaching

There is much lore about the antichrist (especially among certain Evangelicals) that is out of proportion to the attention Scripture pays to the concept, and more importantly is at possible variance from what is certainly taught. It easily becomes fodder for movies and novels: the antichrist figure steps on the scene, deceiving many, and mesmerizing […]

Continue Reading »

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? […]

Continue Reading »

What Is the Meaning of Christ’s Circumcision?

January 1, 2018 2 Comments
What Is the Meaning of Christ’s Circumcision?

The feast for January 1st is designated as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Although that is its most ancient title, for many centuries it was the Circumcision of the Lord; it is still celebrated under that title on the calendar of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Yesterday we meditated on the […]

Continue Reading »

Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

January 1, 2018 2 Comments
Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s 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 […]

Continue Reading »