jtemplate.ru - free extensions for joomla

Nov 25, 2018 - "Thy Kingdom Come"

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Scripture Readings

With a contentious mid-term elections barely over,  I am not sure about our appetite for the Feast of Christ the King. Often, we completely de-politicize the gospel. However, think about it. Jesus was brought before the political establishment of the time, by the religious establishment of the time, to be judged, condemned, and finally crucified. Jesus’ condemnation and death as much a political event as it was a religious event. On the other hand, perhaps the feast is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all the political contentions. The Feast of Christ the King tells us that the cross was hardly was the end of the story. The feast of Christ the Kings celebrates the reality that the cross became Jesus’ throne, that strength lies in humility, and that power lies in love. 

Read more...

November 22, 2018 - Triumph!

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Scripture Readings

“Do not weep…the root of David has triumphed…” In Christ we have so many reasons to rejoice.  We are in communion with people from every tribe, tongue, people, nation, and age.  We are connected around the world and across time to those whom we love, and who love us.  Jesus has made us into a righteous kingdom of peace and love.  Rejoice indeed! In the apocalyptic scene of the first reading, Heaven and Earth are both amazed at what God has accomplished in Christ.  His love saves us, transforms us, and heals us.  In a world broken by sinful greed and selfishness, Love changes us into a beloved family, a society of abundant peace and justice.  It is happening now, in each of us and all around us.  Rejoice!  God is working in us to feed the poor, to welcome the stranger, to heal the sick, to forgive injuries, to visit those imprisoned in physical jails and the chains of addiction.  God is setting this world right, and Love reigns, despite all appearances.

Read more...

November 24, 2018 - Questions & Answers

Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Scripture readings

Today’s gospel passage is a good one.  Jesus deftly outmaneuvers the wily Sadducees, juking at the last second to deliver a slam dunk answer.  Jesus’ answer was so good that “they no longer dared to ask him anything”… wait, what? 

Read more...

November 23, 2018 - Making Lasting Change

Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The words from today’s first reading (Revelation 10:8-11) are a bit of a puzzle: how is it that God’s words can taste sweet but yet make John’s stomach sour?  It is perplexing, too, to turn from that reading to the Psalm (119), which proclaims that God’s promises are sweet to the taste!  Surely, if God’s promises and God’s words are sweet, won’t the effect be sweet as well?  

Read more...

November 21, 2018 - Investing for Heaven

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture Readings

As the liturgical year comes to a literal end, the readings push us toward an eschatological view of the world. This is important, not that the end of the World is imminent, yet the end of days, especially for us personally.  It is the circle of life. The first reading describes John’s vision of heaven.  The imagery of this vision describes the scene in a trumpet like voice.  The picture portrayed is one where an angel takes the visionary through a large door revealing a stunning scene with it heavenly court and all its attendants.

Read more...