|He is with us still|
|Sunday, May 17, 2015|
The Ascension of the Lord (observed)
In today’s Gospel Reading, Mark provides the sort of literary structure with which most of us are familiar. Listening to the commissioning of the apostles, we know what is expected of us. Today’s Gospel becomes the light that illumines the Church in this age.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
|Pondering the implications of three-parent embryos|
We risk trivializing our human procreative faculties and diminishing our offspring by sanctioning these kinds of “eggs-as-Lego-pieces” or “embryos-as-Lego-pieces” approaches. Ultimately there is a steep price to be paid for the ever-expanding project of upending our own beginnings and rupturing the origins of our children.|
Friday, May 8, 2015
|Believe in God, have faith in one another|
Sunday, May 3, 2015|
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Those who are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil are special for me. I like hearing their stories and learning how they were introduced to the Lord. More often than not, they were brought to the Church because they observed a Catholic whose life they admired. In a sense, they come to this community of believers with the recommendation of another. Often, this person is their sponsor.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
|'And then he vanished from their sight'|
By nature, I am a storyteller. Once I would have said that was because I come from an Irish background. Today, I would have to say that I tell stories because organized religion has always centered on stories of faith and because faith lives where Scripture and the community come together in our lives.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
|Kenneth Branagh's very Christian 'Cinderella' a real surprise|
CHICAGO — Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year. The director allows the spiritual, specifically Christian, character of the tale to emerge. I realize that it probably strikes a contemporary audience as odd that Cinderella might be a Christian allegory, but keep in mind that most of the fairy stories and children’s tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm found their roots in the Christian culture of late medieval and early modern Europe.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
|Expect the unexpected|
Sunday, April 5, 2015|
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Christianity is a commitment to expect the unexpected. Easter, our reason for enthusiasm and hope, is a reminder of what Jesus has done and continues to do for his people. As we relive Christ’s paschal mystery, we are reminded of a future greater than we would otherwise have dared to believe. Jesus’ resurrection is a pledge of continued and renewed life.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
|He lived the Gospel|
Sunday, March 22, 2015|
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Today’s Gospel centers on the Paschal Mystery in a variety of ways. The grain of wheat that must die so that it can bear fruit seems a weak analogy of what will happen to each of us. We will die and we will have eternal life. Those who love their lives will lose them. This is not an abstract Gospel. Death is not a subject that most of us want to contemplate. How many of us, because we do not want to think about death, miss the joy of resurrection? Because we do not confront Good Friday, our Easter alleluia lacks enthusiasm.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
|Family: "Become what you are!"|
There is a pithy saying that is used to help biblical theologians: “A text taken out of context is not a proof text but a pretext.” It means that when we are reading things and making judgments we need to make sure that we are aware of the big picture; prudence and right judgment exhort us to understand individual threads in the context of the whole tapestry.|
|The promise of Easter is in Lent|
Sunday, March 8, 2015|
Third Sunday of Lent
Before I came to Oregon, I looked in vain for signs of spring and new life during Lent. For the better part of three months snow and ice covered the city sidewalks. In Oregon, spring comes early and this year it seems to have come even earlier than usual. The crocuses are already blooming in my yard and the trees are filled with buds. We are in the midst of Lent and I already have that Easter feeling.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
|In the desert or on the mountain, see only him|
March 16, 2014 |
Second Sunday of Lent
Growing up Catholic, I took my faith for granted. I learned the tenets of the Catholic faith and professed the Creed at an early age. In retrospect, I realize that what my head knew when I was young my heart had not yet realized. All that has changed. Even though I cannot point to a specific moment of conversion, I think I know what it means to say “Jesus is Lord.”
Thursday, March 13, 2014
|We move toward the resurrection|
Sunday, March 9, 2014|
First Sunday of Lent
Most of us move from day to day making small decisions out of a value system that we seldom examine. During Lent, we are asked to look at our lives again. We are asked to discover the temptations that we face and to consider our response in light of the great commandment.
Thursday, March 6, 2014