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 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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The Joy of Prayer

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-16-16 Peace be with You, Last week, we were exhorted to live with an attitude of gratitude, being always thankful for the gift of life that our God bestows upon us (Acts 17:28).  We found examples of this attitude of gratitude in Naaman the leper in our first reading from the Second Book of Kings and in the Samaritan leper in the gospel story.  This Sunday, we are given some direction as to how it is that we can live with this type of outlook on lif...
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