Category : Scripture

Written on Apr, 22, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To follow Christ, I need to root out from my tendency to cling to “Peter and John”– to see the means of salvation as if they were the goal of life in Christ.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 21, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Jesus’ actions in the Gospel aren’t a blanket condemnation of business–of buy, selling and making a profit. Nor are they a blanket endorsement of the use of force in response to wrongdoing. As with all things, virtue is found not in the extremes but in balance.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To be born from above, to be made new, means to become a part of this great work of the Holy Spirit across generations. What He said to those who have gone before us, the Spirit says to us. Anything that deviates or denies what the Holy Spirit has said before, is simply not from God but from the flesh.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

When we exchange the Paschal greeting–Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!–we need to remember that these words not only tell us what we believe, they remind us of who we are: Disciples and apostles called by God to proclaim freedom in Christ!

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 18, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Often in the spiritual life, we confuse curiosity–a desire to know or understand–with faith. But curiosity begins in ignorance, in a felt deficient in one’s self. Faith, however, begins not in my poverty but awe at God’s fullness.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 17, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Like the Apostles in their choice of Matthias, in the time between Pascha and Pentecost, the Church asks us to reflect on the experience of the early Church to help keep us connected to Jesus and the radical nature of the Gospel. Year after year we return to the struggles and triumphs, the successes and failures of the Apostles to keep alive in our own hearts and communities what it means to be a Christian.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Today at the Mystical Supper we see in the lives of the disciples a revelation of what will in a few days be true for all of us, all humanity and for the whole creation.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 09, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in …

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 08, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Both Augustine and Chrysostom take pains to remind us of both Jesus’ divinity and humanity. They both likewise are concerned that our awe at His divinity does not overwhelm the intimacy we have with Jesus in His humanity. If we are to be saved, both of Christ’s natures are needed. Necessary as well are our two responses to God becoming flesh and dwelling among us–awe and friendship.

Continue Reading...
Written on Apr, 02, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, April 2, 2017: Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt; Titus the Wonderworker, Theodora the Virgin-martyr of Palestine, Amphianos & Aedesios the Martyrs of Lycia Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14 Gospel: Mark 10:32-45 James and John make a mistake common to many of us who are disciples of Christ. With best of wills, they allow the world to frame their understanding of …

Continue Reading...