Contributed on May 5, 2019
So much of the time, life seems unreasonable.
They Recognized Him Wednesday in Easter Week One of the great stories of the OT is told in the Book of Job, one of our OT saints. This wealthy but pious fellow named Job does everything right, keeping the commandments, worshiping God alone, and he is attacked by Satan, who murders his whole ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2020
When the God-man is troubled, He is troubled like nobody before or after Him.
Tuesday of Holy Week 2020 A sharp sword, a polished arrow The Church today asks us to contemplate Our Lord Jesus Christ on this Tuesday after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. First we hear the words of Isaiah, written hundreds of years before as a contemplation of the ideal Israel, who was ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2020
Through her tears she saw angels asking her “why are you crying?” What kind of idiot question is that? “The so-and-so’s who murdered Him now have stolen His body and I don’t know where He is.”
Tuesday of Easter Week 2020 “They Have Taken Him” There are very few Gospel scenes more touching than the one we just heard. Mary Magdalene–from whom Jesus had cast multiple demons–owed everything to Jesus. But she had stood with His Mother, Mary, and the disciple John, and had watched the Romans ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2020
At the time when we are most tempted to hunker down and hoard our resources for ourselves, I think the Lord is calling us to be generous with our churches and charitable institutions.
Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Easter 2020 The disciple Joseph Bar-nabas is one of the key players in the Acts of the Apostles. As the reading tells us, Joseph was given the name “Barnabas” by the leaders of the first church, the church of Jerusalem. Why? I had an experience when I was principal of a ...read more
Contributed on May 2, 2020
This sheltering interlude is a time when we should be, and many of us have been, acquiring more understanding of our faith.
Tuesday of the 4th week of Easter 2020 “Growing Pains” When the authorities in Jerusalem, a few years after the Resurrection of Christ, determined to wipe out the new Jesus cult that was attracting so many converts, their persecution had an unintended result. The Jesus contagion spread all over ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2020
Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. But we can take courage from the examples of Jesus and St. Paul.
Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter 2020 Today’s tale from the Acts of the Apostles needs some back-story for those who weren’t at Mass yesterday. The scene is Lystra, a village in southern Anatolia, sometime in the year 48, about 15 years after the Resurrection. It was part of the Roman province of ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2020
Listen to the Spirit saying in our hearts, “you think this is hard to bear? You have not yet begun to feel the effects of sin in your world.”
Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter 2020 Most of the time we go about our lives without anything big troubling them. In fact, most days we could, if we wished, live our lives as if nothing will ever trouble them. The lack of huge events from outside our own will as we go from day to day means that ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2020
The honor we seek is the honor given to Jesus and St. Paul and all the other saints: Humility, tears and trials.
Tuesday of the 7th Week in Easter 2020 Do you remember the first time you did something exceptionally good, and your mom or dad noticed it and gave you a hug and told you “child, that was really wonderful”? Even if you don’t remember that exact moment, you can recall at least one time when ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2020
If the Harvard professor really believes that his existence is extinguished at the moment of death, what does he make of today’s solemn feast of the Ascension?
Ascension Sunday 2020 What if you see? Recently, a prominent obviously atheist Harvard professor tweeted, “belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier.” The problem with such a statement, ...read more
Contributed on May 28, 2020
When we are baptized into Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, we take our place within the embrace of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 131–a homily for today Today’s psalm, “O Lord, my heart is not proud,” is the kind of prayer-gem that can stimulate hours of meditation. If you pray it quickly, it takes less than a minute, even with a “Glory be. . .” But let’s start with the declaration to God right in the middle: “Like a ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2020
But when that trumpet blows and the game of life is complete, Christ’s forbearance is done, and those who have been procrastinating in their conversion will be lost.
Pentecost Tuesday 2020 You may have noticed that we reached back into Peter’s second letter to the passage coming right before the one prescribed for today, to grab some context that was lost when we celebrated the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, yesterday. The Church has been waiting for the ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2020
Let’s imagine that Mary is a contestant on something like “the Price is Right” or some other TV game show, and the announcer is announcing what she will win when she chooses the correct door.
Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church 2020 Today we heard the familiar stories of the fall of humanity, and the redemption of humanity. The first concerns the first Adam and the first Eve, who disobeyed the Lord and lost original innocence. The second involves the second Adam, Jesus, God and man, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2021
It took some time to process the traumatic and surprising events of Holy Week
3rd Sunday of Easter When something traumatic happens in your family, perhaps a death or serious injury, do you find often that there’s at least a temptation toward chaos? This is especially true if one of the key linchpins in the family is taken out of commission for a time, or even permanently. ...read more