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Jesus and Bending the Law

January 15, 2018 1 Comment
Jesus and Bending the Law

In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus […]

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Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

January 14, 2018 1 Comment
Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.” True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are […]

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A Picture of a Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 13, 2018 1 Comment
A Picture of a Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

The first reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet. Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the […]

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Our Interconnectedness as Seen in a Commercial

January 12, 2018 0 Comments
Our Interconnectedness as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us that the products we use don’t just come out of nowhere. Good goes around and around. The Cheerios in the cereal box started out as seeds in the ground, but the commercial stops well short of showing everyone we should thank for the final product. • Before sowing the seed, […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

January 11, 2018 5 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

Every now and then someone will come to me and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s to ask for money! Then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, you may not […]

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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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If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

January 9, 2018 3 Comments
If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

As we begin the ordinary time of the Church year, we follow the Lord’s public ministry. The curtain lifts and we are in the synagogue at Capernaum: Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their […]

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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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