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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Restoring Unity

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-27-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we were given the opportunity to see the master Teacher interact with two very distinct personality types which can, in a very broad way, divide the human family into two types; those who are meek and humble of heart and those who succumb to that most primordial type of sin, pride.  Over the course of our discussion it became very obvious that those in the latter group (Matt. 15:1-9), succumbing through pride to...
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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 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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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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The Fire of Love

Pentecost Sunday: 6-4-17 Peace be with You, Having celebrated the Resurrection of Christ over the last forty-nine days, we come now to the fiftieth day, Pentecost; a day on which we commemorate the fulfillment of the promise made by our Lord to his disciples, that at his request the Spirit of truth might come (John 14:16-17), not only into our midst, but into our very selves; so that we who were once estranged from our Creator might become the children of God (John 1:12-13).  And, just as ...
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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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