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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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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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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Building from the Ground Up

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-28-16 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of weeks we have been confronted with the reality that the road to discipleship is a difficult one.  Two weeks ago, we heard Jesus tell us that to love as He loves will often leave us in a position that is unwelcomed by the world, at times even those closest to us (cf. Luke 12:53).  Then last week, we were told that to enter the kingdom of heaven is like entering through a narrow, and we might even say, ...
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Mountain Climbing

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-21-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we heard the disquieting message that the road of discipleship is often one that is lonely as living a life in accordance with the gospel will lead us to live in a way that is not only much different than the rest of the world, but in many cases flies in the face of what the world teaches, leading to persecution of various degrees.  This weekend, we find a message that both continues the theme that discipleship ...
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The Portal of Faith

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-7-16 Peace be with You, This weekend, we continue our crash course in Christian discipleship picking up right where we left off last weekend.  Last Sunday, Jesus taught us that we are to value material goods only inasmuch as they enable us to live lives of self-giving love.  We saw that this requires us to live contemplatively, so as to view things with this end in mind.  Today, we are given further instruction on the type of mentality the Christian di...
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A Healthy Indifference

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-31-16 Peace be with You, Over the last several weeks, we have been receiving a course in the fundamentals of discipleship from Jesus.  We have seen that the life of discipleship is: 1) founded upon a relationship with Christ that seeks unity with Him; 2) has the imitation of Christ as its practical aim; and 3) consists of two fundamental and complementary dimensions: the active and the contemplative.  This week, we are given instruction on how these tw...
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Persistent Prayer

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-24-16 Peace be with You, Last week through the story of Martha and Mary, we received instruction about how the disciple of Jesus is to order their life.  That is, the life of discipleship is shaped by one’s relationship with Jesus, but it is not characterized by sedentary contemplation (prayer), rather our relationship with Jesus gives impulse to a life of faith based work.  Today, Jesus focuses on the prayer dimension of our life of discipleship. ...
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Active Contemplation

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-17-16 Peace be with You, Last week, through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed us what it means to live a life in imitation of Him when it comes to loving service of our neighbor.  This week, a meeting with two of Jesus’ friends gives us some instruction on how the personal life of a disciple of Jesus is shaped. A first look at the story of Martha and Mary as related by Luke in this Sunday’s gospel would seem to suggest that Martha had s...
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A World Full of Neighbors

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-10-16 Peace be with You, Last week, we found ourselves being  sent out on mission by Jesus as His disciples to proclaim the gospel message to all peoples.  This week, we are given further instruction on what it means to  be a disciple in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable of the Good Samaritan springs from a question addressed to Jesus by a “scholar of the law,” who asks Jesus what ‘he must do to inherit eternal life?’  To this question, ...
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