Not So Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 6-25-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we return to that cycle of readings which belong to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time.  However, as we have said in the past, it should in no way be thought that the liturgical seasons which span the time between Christmas and Lent and then again between Easter and Advent as somehow being mundane in nature as compared to those more, in a manner of speaking, intense seasons of devotion.  We can liken the difference...
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Eucharistic Imagination

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ: 6-18-17 Peace be with You, The last two Sundays we have celebrated an unleashing of Heaven, as it were.  Two weeks ago, the Easter Season culminated with the feast of Pentecost, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Then, last weekend we celebrated one of the two mysteries at the center of the Christian faith (the other being the Incarnation), the mystery of our Triune God; in essence one but in Persons three.  Today, then, we come to the So...
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The Odor of Mystery

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: 6-11-17 Peace be with You, Last Sunday we celebrated what we may understand as the culmination of the Easter Season on Pentecost.  As we saw then, it is the sending of the Holy Spirit which enables our renewal, transforming us so that we might come to know our God ever more deeply, not primarily on an intellectual level, but an intuitive and experiential level.  Ultimately, this intuitive way of knowing speaks to our deepest yearnings for eternal lif...
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The Fire of Love

Pentecost Sunday: 6-4-17 Peace be with You, Having celebrated the Resurrection of Christ over the last forty-nine days, we come now to the fiftieth day, Pentecost; a day on which we commemorate the fulfillment of the promise made by our Lord to his disciples, that at his request the Spirit of truth might come (John 14:16-17), not only into our midst, but into our very selves; so that we who were once estranged from our Creator might become the children of God (John 1:12-13).  And, just as ...
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The Resolve of Love

Palm Sunday: 4-9-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, as we celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Lent we were given a glimpse into the philanthropic heart of Love, giving us deeper insight into the motivation of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  There we saw the Son of God, yes God himself, moved to tears at the loss of human life and the misery it brings to the living (cf. John 11:32-35).  These tears became our looking glass into Life itself; the Life which at the beginning of time called all...
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The Weeping Savior

Fifth Sunday of Lent: 4-2-17 Peace be with You, We began our journey through the Season of Lent five and a half weekends ago on Ash Wednesday by being reminded of the radically contingent quality of the lives we live.  For by being reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return, we are made to realize that “our days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more” (Psalm 103:15).  This is a reality...
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Hearing to See

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 3-26-17 Peace be with You, We have come to Laetare Sunday, the name traditionally given to the fourth Sunday of the Lenten Season.   “Laetare” is the singular imperative form of the Latin word “laetare,” meaning “to rejoice.”  And, if you take a moment to notice, the vestments worn by the priest this day may be pink, or more properly, rose as opposed to the traditional purple worn during the season of Lent.  So why the change?  Well, we have now passed the halfway po...
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Thirst Quenching Life

Third Sunday of Lent: 3-19-17 Peace be with You, The Lenten journey is a difficult one and it is meant to be.  We began with a reminder on Ash Wednesday that, apart from God, we are nothing but dust and ashes.  Then, on the First Sunday of Lent we were confronted with the reality of why someday these dust and ashes, at times so alive with the Spirit of God, will ultimately yield its animation to the sands of time; that reason being that we have been separated from the One who alone is able...
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A Transforming Journey

Second Sunday of Lent: 3-12-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, as we celebrated the First Sunday of Lent, two stories of temptation framed our lesson.  The first the story of Adam and Eve’s being tempted by the serpent (Satan) in the Garden of Eden, leading to the Fall, i.e. the human family being separated from a life of easy communion with God.  With this story we were reminded that the human family was in need of a remedy to repair its broken relationship with its Creator; in short, th...
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Raising the Fallen

First Sunday of Lent: 3-5-17 Peace be with You, This Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent.  That being said, we should not think for one moment that the transition into a new liturgical season marks an abrupt shift in what the Church has to teach us about who God is and who we are meant to be, as revealed most conspicuously in Jesus Christ.  For while the Lenten Season focuses our attention most directly on the meaning of our Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection, we must not thin...
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