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Tag: Kingdom of God

Party or Perish

October 14, 2017 5 Comments
Party or Perish

The past three Sundays have featured shocking parables about our readiness, fruitfulness, and decision as to whether to accept and enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard extensively: a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what […]

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Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

October 7, 2017 4 Comments
Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

There is an urgency and clarity about Sunday’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. The message is urgent, provocative, and clear: there is a day of judgment coming for every one of us and we must be ready for it. The message is a sobering one for a modern world […]

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If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

August 10, 2017 1 Comment
If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

The Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, contains an important teaching on the economics of the Kingdom of God. As you might guess, they are quite paradoxical. The teachings come to us both through St. Lawrence’s life and the particular readings selected for his feast. When a persecution broke out in Rome in 257 […]

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Heaven is an Acquired Taste

July 30, 2017 4 Comments
Heaven is an Acquired Taste

There is a tendency today to forget that Heaven is an acquired taste; not everyone wants what God offers. While everyone wants to be happy, often happiness is conceived of in an egocentric way. Heaven is thought of as a personally designed paradise where we will be happy on our own terms. But that is […]

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Give Me Jesus – A Sermon for the 17th Sunday of the Year

July 29, 2017 1 Comment
Give Me Jesus – A Sermon for the 17th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today asks a fundamental question: “What is it that you value most?” In other words, He’s asking us what we want most. We tend to answer questions like this the way we think we should, rather than genuinely. When we’re with the doctor (and Jesus is our doctor) our best bet is to […]

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Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

July 2, 2016 8 Comments
Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

In the Gospel today, Jesus gives a number of practical principles for those who would proclaim the Kingdom. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Serious – The text says, At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended […]

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Only What You Do For Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Poverty of this World’s Riches

September 10, 2015 4 Comments
Only What You Do For Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Poverty of this World’s Riches

In fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel we find the following saying of the Lord: To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Mk 4:25). The rich get richer? To one who reads this text from a worldly perspective, it might […]

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