Whisked Along in Love

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-10-17 Peace be with You, This weekend brings several of the themes we have been exploring as of late to new depth, doing so in the fashion of providing more detail.  Specifically, our focus for today will play directly into what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ, the instrument of God’s forgiving love in the world, as we spoke of two weekends ago.  Moreover, it is also connected to the idea that we find our truest identity only in Christ,...
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The Finest Quality of the Human Family

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-3-17 Peace be with You, Ah, to be Peter!  In the history of questions he hit the jackpot last weekend in his response to Christ’s question, “who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15).  While all the other disciples were quick to respond with answers as to what other people thought about the identity of the One whom they had the privilege to call Master, “some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (Matt. ...
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Restoring Unity

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-27-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we were given the opportunity to see the master Teacher interact with two very distinct personality types which can, in a very broad way, divide the human family into two types; those who are meek and humble of heart and those who succumb to that most primordial type of sin, pride.  Over the course of our discussion it became very obvious that those in the latter group (Matt. 15:1-9), succumbing through pride to...
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Mining the Treasure Within

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-20-17 Peace be with You, Two weekends ago, in celebrating the Transfiguration of our Lord we emphasized the fact that the Lord’s Transfiguration is a prefigurement of our transfiguration.  We also noted that this is ultimately a work which will only be completed in eternity.  This is not to suggest, however, that all there is for us to do, therefore, is sit on our hands and wait.  Rather, it is of the utmost importance that we begin assimilating ourselv...
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An Attentive Love

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-13-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend in our contemplation of our Lord’s transfiguration, we noted that not only this mysterious event had just as much to do with the transfiguration to be undergone by the Body of Christ, the Church, along with its individual members as it does with our Lord.  This may seem a strange thing to say, but consider that our Lord had no need of a human nature, or anything else for that matter, as from all of eternity he ...
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Transfigured on the Mountain

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord: 8-6-17 Peace be with You, Today, as we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration, we come to a high point on the Church’s liturgical calendar.  This is a celebration which is fixed on the Church calendar, thus, in celebrating this most august feast today, we temporarily jump out of chronological order in our examination of Matthew’s gospel by a full three chapters.  I note this for two reasons; first, to maintain before us the proper contextual pe...
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A Kingdom of Beauty, Part III

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-30-17 Peace be with You, Today we hear the last of three parabolic groupings concerning the Kingdom of God.  To be sure, these parables have told us much, and yet, as we have seen over our discussions the last two Sundays, what they reveal is far exceeded by what remains hidden, for, as we have emphasized elsewhere, the Kingdom of God is ultimately a mystery.  This is important for us to keep in mind, not that we might despair over this mysterious qua...
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A Kingdom of Beauty, Part II

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-23-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we once again find ourselves in the classroom of the true Teacher, Jesus Christ, as he continues his lessons concerning the Kingdom of God, giving us at once a deeper understanding of the reality we live in and the end towards which we set our feet in this pilgrimage called life.  Last weekend, we were treated to the parable of the Sower, and therein, we examined both the person of the Sower and the various types of ...
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A Kingdom of Beauty, Part I

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-16-17 Peace be with You, There is a humble source from which all things flow, a wisdom which providentially directs and accompanies the changing of times and seasons, a love which binds all things in its embrace, making a unity of the immense diversity which colors the panorama of creation.  Such words can be uttered and accepted as something more than poetic fictionalization only through a gift of faith, for the images which fall upon the waking human ...
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Living in the Real World

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-9-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we reflected upon Christ’s desire to be identified with the human family.  The main thrust of our reflection centered upon the Church, which, as we discussed, is unlike any human organization, but is instead an organism; the living Body of Christ, of whom, through the sacred waters of baptism, we become members.  Consequently we briefly discussed how this mystery, or sacrament as the Church calls it, changes our on...
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