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May 27, 2018 - The Trinity: It's Like Good Indian Food!

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Scripture Readings

I am a foodie. I often use food to understand spiritual mysteries. I am not the first to do this. For example, Isaiah 25:6 says, “On this mountainthe LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples, a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.” The Bible often uses the imagery of a banquet to describe heaven. After all, the most important event of Jesus life was the Last Supper. Being a foodie, I get it! Jesus also said, “You are the salt of the earth.” I get that too! Today, I would like to use food to understand the Trinity. St. Patrick used the Shamrock the Trinity and Fr. Satish is using food… more specifically Indian cuisine. 

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May 26, 2018 - Start Acting Like a Child

Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest

Scripture Readings

Two words you rarely hear in the same sentence are “Jesus” and “indignant.”  Yet there they are, right next to each other in today's gospel (Mk 10:14).  Now, I can be indignant sometimes and that usually means I need a nap or I know that I'm wrong; but Jesus getting indignant is a different story.  I have a sneaking suspicion that he has a little more justification than general grumpiness or pride.  In today's gospel, this indignation stems from the direct actions of his disciples as they rebuked people, presumably parents, for bringing children to Christ.  Beyond that though, I think he expected them to know better because of what they were just taught in the previous passage.

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May 25, 2018 - Hardship & Patience

Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There's a lot we could discuss from today's readings, since they bring up so many issues---oath-swearing, Jesus' teaching against divorce, etc. I want to focus, however, on the allusion to the Book of Job from today's first reading from the Letter of St. James.

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May 24, 2018 - The Blessed Poor

Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Sometimes the Word of God is spiritual and sublime, and other times it is plain, practical, and curt.  Today, it seems to be the latter.  St. James is warning the rich that their time for weeping and wailing is coming.  This is especially tough for us, because compared to most of the world, we are rich.  Having running water, a stable source of income, and a dry roof makes a person more wealthy than 2/3 of the world.  For instance, many of us don’t directly hire people to work for us, but we all purchase plenty of things at low prices that don’t include a just wage for the international workers who made them.  We may not feel wealthy, but most people who read this have far more monetary wealth than Jesus ever did.  The big question is, what are we doing with our wealth?  How is our wealth changing us?

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May 23, 2018 - Do Not Prevent

Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I used to think I understood what it meant when someone told me they loved me.  It meant they cared for me and would take care of me.  It is a good thing to have people care about us.  Yet for me this did not translate as unconditional love.  This love is best captured in scripture as agape.  

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