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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 […]

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

January 4, 2018 23 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 […]

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

January 3, 2018 27 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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What is a Holy Family? A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 30, 2017 6 Comments
What is a Holy Family? A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Here in the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, it falls later (the Sunday after Epiphany), which makes a little more sense as the Gospels appointed for the feast often take place far forward in time from His birth. The Gospel this year […]

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Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 29, 2017 1 Comment
Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

In these days of nearly instant information availability, we think we know a lot about people, things, and issues. Truth be told, we may know more in a quantitative sense but less in a qualitative sense. Too much information can make us less discerning. The Christmas commercial below is touching and enlightening at the same […]

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