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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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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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 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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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 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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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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