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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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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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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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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Climbing the Ladder of Beatitude

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1-29-17 Peace be with You, This weekend our readings invite us to pick up right where we left off our lesson as to how we are to live in imitation of the Lamb of God.  But first let’s recall what we have learned over the past couple of Sundays.  To begin, two weeks ago, we found that as individuals created through the Son in imago Dei, it is in accordance with our nature to respond to the gift of life eucharistically, i.e. with a disposition of thanksgiving ...
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Living out the Lamb’s Response

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1-15-17 Peace be with You, Having celebrated Epiphany last Sunday and the Baptism of the Lord the following Monday, the Church has entered into what it calls Ordinary Time on the liturgical calendar.  However, though we find ourselves in a new liturgical season, our readings for today let us know that we have by no means changed course where our pedagogy is concerned.  Instead, we find ourselves exploring the extraordinary depths of the incarnate life of the...
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The Prayer of the Exalted

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-23-16 Peace be with You, Over the course of the last several weeks we have been receiving an education on the complex dynamics that surround our lives.  We have been called to imitate the Love which has brought us into being by being charitable to one another (e.g. the parables of the dishonest steward and Lazarus and the rich man) recognizing our reflective nature as creatures possessing the imago Dei.  Moreover, we have been asked to recognize our ra...
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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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