Mining the Treasure Within

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-20-17 Peace be with You, Two weekends ago, in celebrating the Transfiguration of our Lord we emphasized the fact that the Lord’s Transfiguration is a prefigurement of our transfiguration.  We also noted that this is ultimately a work which will only be completed in eternity.  This is not to suggest, however, that all there is for us to do, therefore, is sit on our hands and wait.  Rather, it is of the utmost importance that we begin assimilating ourselv...
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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 Light of Unity

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: 1-22-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we saw that though we have moved on from the Christmas Season and into the season of Ordinary Time on the Church’s liturgical calendar, we have by no means deviated from the path of exploring the depths of the mystery of the Hypostatic Union but had taken a definite step forward by exploring the implication of identifying Jesus as the Lamb of God.  Accordingly, we found that in the Lamb’s offering of self is not a simp...
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Shining with the Radiance of a King

The Epiphany of the Lord: 1-8-17 Peace be with You, Throughout the course of the Christmas Season, the Church has sought to teach us what it means for us that the Son of God has become the Son of Man.  And up to this point, we have been rightly situated within a Jewish context, a point worth dwelling on momentarily.  The Church has always understood Jesus as the long-promised Messiah of the people God has chosen to call his own, the Jews.  It was from this people that the Son of God became...
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The Game Plan

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 12-18-16 Peace be with You, We have come to the final Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the final week of preparation for the coming of the Lord at Christmas.  We have entered the drama of these four weeks and like all good dramas, it has had its moments of mystery, difficulty and joy.  We began this Advent Season with a lesson on awareness, being told that we must be on watch so that we might be ready to respond to the invitation to take part in what C. S. Lewis ...
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The Rescue Mission

First Sunday of Advent: 11-27-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend our liturgical year culminated with the celebration of the Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  There we saw that the King we proclaim is unlike any other ruler, for he does not come first and foremost to impose law upon us, but instead, he is the King of Hearts who comes to awaken our hearts to love by demonstrating his love for us.  This weekend we begin a new liturgical year with the beginning of the Season of Adv...
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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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