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The Fruits of Mass, as Seen in a Gospel Passage

April 8, 2018 0 Comments
The Fruits of Mass, as Seen in a Gospel Passage

I have written before on how the Gospel Passage of the encounter of the two disciples with Jesus on the road to Emmaus is (Luke 24:13-35), from start to finish, in the full form of a Mass. It is a kind of “Mass on the move.” I detail that understanding here: Mass on the Move. […]

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From Fear to Faith – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

April 7, 2018 0 Comments
From Fear to Faith – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

In Sunday’s Gospel, the risen Lord appeared to the Apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord chose to appear to them. One of them was not there and thus missed the blessing of seeing […]

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Joy and Mystery, as Seen in a Commercial

April 6, 2018 0 Comments
Joy and Mystery, as Seen in a Commercial

Two things occurred to me after watching the video below. First, God’s law is not burdensome; it is a joy. The safest place in the world is inside the will of God. The students in the video below are given a homework assignment: they are to investigate the law of gravity. The very study of […]

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At the Gate Called “Beautiful” – What the Miracle by Peter and John Teaches us about our Spiritual Journey

April 5, 2018 4 Comments
At the Gate Called “Beautiful” – What the Miracle by Peter and John Teaches us about our Spiritual Journey

At the daily masses of the Easter Octave, we have been reading about, among other things, the story of a paralyzed man whom Peter and John encounter just outside the Temple at the Gate called “Beautiful.” This paralyzed man’s story is our story and as we read it we learn something of our own spiritual […]

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The Journey of Mary Magdalene to Resurrection Faith

April 4, 2018 1 Comment
The Journey of Mary Magdalene to Resurrection Faith

All of the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a journey of sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts describe them as shocked, troubled, and even quite dubious. These were not men […]

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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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Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event?

April 1, 2018 10 Comments
Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event?

There is something of a hidden quality to the resurrection appearances that has always puzzled me. St. Peter gives voice to this when he says to Cornelius, God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God […]

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