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“Strange but Rich Verses” File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying that Jesus was Eating Salt with Them?

July 25, 2018 5 Comments
“Strange but Rich Verses” File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying that Jesus was Eating Salt with Them?

There is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the Apostles after the Resurrection but before the Ascension. There is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the apostles after the […]

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Seeing More as God Does

July 4, 2018 1 Comment
Seeing More as God Does

Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel reading from today’s Mass (Thursday of the 13th week of the year). It tells the story of the paralyzed man whom Jesus tells to have courage because his sins are forgiven. In one sense this is a rather peculiar response to a paralyzed man: Jesus looks […]

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Why Do Some of the Psalms Seem Boastful?

August 22, 2017 7 Comments
Why Do Some of the Psalms Seem Boastful?

To anyone who regularly reads the Liturgy of the Hours, some of the psalms seem downright boastful. They sound too much like the Pharisee who went to pray and said, God, I thank you that I am not like other people — robbers, evildoers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice […]

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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 14 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

July 15, 2017 5 Comments
My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

What do you expect to happen as a result of reading and hearing God’s Word? Do you expect to encounter something that will change you? The response of most people is pretty tepid and uninspired. Most don’t really expect much nor have they ever. For them, reading or hearing God’s Word is more of a […]

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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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Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use “Dishonest Wealth”?

November 8, 2015 19 Comments
Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use “Dishonest Wealth”?

There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning’s Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says, I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9). What does He mean by “dishonest wealth”? […]

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Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two

November 5, 2015 8 Comments
Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two

To most of us, parables are stories told by Jesus to illustrate and clarify what He teaches. We have read the parables in the context of two thousand years of a tradition that interprets them in a certain way. But in their original context, parables are really more like riddles. The apostles noted that while […]

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