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 Living Organism

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-2-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend the focus of our conversation was twofold.  On the one hand, we spoke of what fear of the Lord really means, contrasting its character of awestruck wonder with the more readily understood meaning of fear.  On the other hand, we discussed that though we have now transitioned into what is termed “Ordinary Time” on the Church’s liturgical calendar, there is no such thing as “ordinary” time in our lives; i.e. there is n...
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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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Transforming the World as Salt and Light

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: 2-5-17 Peace be with You, Two weekends ago we found Jesus beginning his public ministry.  By noting his methodology we found that the work he has come to accomplish is essentially a work of re-unification; symbolized by the starting of his public ministry with two of the northernmost so called “lost tribes” of Israel, i.e. Zebulun and Naphtali.  Admittedly, from both the Jewish historical perspective and our contemporary perspective (though perhaps for differ...
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The Coming of God’s Glory

Second Sunday of Advent: 12-4-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, as we began the season of Advent, we saw that in order for us to be truly ready to welcome our Savior, we must prepare ourselves for his coming by living in a manner which disposes us to become his disciples.  We do this, as St. Paul reminded us by “putting on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).  These words have a couple of connotations which are especially important for the message we will receive today.  First, and most i...
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Living an Attitude of Gratitude

Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-9-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend we were treated to the beautifully refreshing, though be it challenging, message that we were created good.  This was indicated by the fact that Our Lord told us, that after we do everything we have been told to do, e.g. forgive endlessly, have trust in our God without measure, and be charitable to those around us, especially those most in need, we should count ourselves as having done nothing extraordinary, but ...
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