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Tag: Eschatology

Late Advent Messages from God to His People

December 20, 2017 0 Comments
Late Advent Messages from God to His People

As the end of Advent approaches, the Office of Readings features some final admonitions from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. On the one hand they console; on the other, they challenge us to remain firm. Isaiah addressed a people in exile who still awaited the first coming of the Lord. Today, these texts speak […]

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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2017 6 Comments
The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day. […]

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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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If You Know The End Of The Story, There’s A Lot You Can Disregard – As Seen On TV

June 23, 2017 4 Comments
If You Know The End Of The Story, There’s A Lot You Can Disregard – As Seen On TV

Usually we don’t like to know the end of the story. When someone blurts out the ending it’s called a “spoiler.” What fun is it to read a whodunit when you already know who done it? When it comes to the faith, though, not only should we know the end of the story, but we […]

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Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

November 16, 2015 5 Comments
Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

Today’s post shows some contrasts and fulfillments between the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation. There is a kind of “bookend” quality to those books wherein things are announced or initiated in Genesis and then fulfilled or finished in Revelation. Consider the following two lists. I pray that you will […]

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His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

August 24, 2015 14 Comments
His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

When reading Scripture that mentions the wrath of God, most think of His wrath in human terms. But we must be clear that God does not get angry the way we do. Further, our God is not moody: pleasant and patient one moment and then angry and punishing the next. No, God does not suffer […]

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"Alas, Alas for the Great City!" An Urgent Plea for Prayer at the New Year!

December 30, 2014 104 Comments
"Alas, Alas for the Great City!" An Urgent Plea for Prayer at the New Year!

We are very close to the new year, 2015 AD. And most of us at the new year have it in mind to pray for the future year not only for ourselves, but also for our family, country, and culture. With that in mind, there is something of an admonition to us all that I would […]

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God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

December 22, 2014 24 Comments
God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

Advent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to fulfill his promises. We know that most of His promises from the Old Testament were fulfilled magnificently by Jesus. But as St. Paul reminds, we have received but the first fruits of his work in our soul (cf Rom 8:23). The created world and our […]

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