God’s Love Has No Off Season

I should confess to being just a bit distracted as I begin to write this column. That is because I am watching the opening innings of the first game of this year’s World Series.

God Never Abandons His People

This has been a difficult and heartbreaking year for our Roman Catholic Church. In fact, it has been a difficult millennium. The hurricane of scandal that has beat against the rock of the Church has left all of us shaken in heart and uncomfortable in mind.

Our Turn to Be the Suffering Servants

WE OUGHT NOT to be too hard on the Apostles, or for that matter, any of the Jewish people of Jesus’ day.  A lot of what they thought about the relationship between themselves and God was based upon common sense – or so it seemed to them. 

The Only Treasure Worth Possessing

ONE OF THE most tragic stories in the Bible is that of Solomon, who started off wise, but ended up being foolish and broken. He wasn’t born with the extraordinary wisdom for which he became famous, but rather, he asked God to give him that wisdom so that he could be, above all, a wise, just and good king for the people of Israel.

Times May Change, Christ Does Not

In the Gospel this weekend, the Pharisees are up to their old tricks, trying to slip Jesus up by indicating that what He’s saying is at odds with what Moses taught about marriage and divorce. Moses, it seemed, was a lot more permissive about those bills of divorce, but Jesus is drawing the line in the sand much more decisively.

As Tone Deaf As The Apostles?

If we do not wish to be tone deaf, we must have recourse to Jesus in constant prayer. We need to absorb His words in Sacred Scripture, so that they become our own. We must allow Jesus to speak to our hearts and transform them to see Him in His lowly ones and be their servants. Then we can say to the world, “The Lord upholds my life.”

Who Do We Say Jesus Is?

“WHO DO YOU say that I am?” This question must be answered by every single one of us in our lifetimes and perhaps more than once.

‘Be Opened’ and Hear His Voice

I imagine that must have been the reaction of the Apostles after witnessing the miracle of the deaf and mute man we read in this Sunday’s Gospel. Although Mark relates that Jesus took the man off by himself from the crowd, I am certain that the apostles watched from a distance.

No Easy Solutions, Just Courage

“RELIGION THAT IS pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”