First and Last

We all want to get in on the ground floor. We want to be the first to respond so that we can be first to receive the benefits of our fruitful associations. The latecomers cannot be the first—get to the back of the line! That’s only fair. The world outside the kingdom of heaven works…

Christian Privilege: Forgiven to forgive

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. John Monbourquette, in his bestselling book How To Forgive, writes: “If you want to be happy for a moment, then seek revenge. If you want to be happy for a life time, then grant forgiveness.” He follows it up by presenting the four possibilities and consequences if we do not…

The Divine Mercy: Fruit of Lent and Easter

St. Gregory of Nazianzen called the Second Sunday of Easter (Octave or Eight Day of Easter) as “the birthday of salvation”; St. Augustine as “the compendium of mercy”; and St. Thomas Aquinas as “the second perfection of Easter.” Then, on April 30, 2000, as he canonized St. Faustina, St. John Paul II named the Second…

Our Only Response Is JOY

We were created for joy. You never hear someone say, “You know, this whole joy thing is not for me. I wish I had a little bit more misery in my life.” We are created for joy, but we come to realize that it’s not something we can just buy at the local Store. Think…

Gods Power for Those Who Believe

In the Gospel today, Jesus shows us our faith, combined with Him is something much more. It is not just a passive faith that takes the shots as they come. Through Martha’s faith in Christ, we see the power of belief conjoined to God. When news reaches Him that Lazarus was sick, He didn’t hurrying…

The light that makes one see or renders one blind!

4th Sunday of Lent-3/26/17 In the Gospel, the evangelist John develops the cure of the man born blind into a “sign” narrative. Focus is not the actual cure but on the drama that follows. It tells us who Jesus is and explores the meaning of sin. Having revealed himself as “the light of the world”…

Seeking the Kingdom

We would all like to be free from worry and anxiety, but Christ’s words in today’s Gospel passage seem too good to be true. He tells us to stop worrying about the things we all worry about, material, worldly things, what he calls “mammon.” “Mammon” comes from a Greek word meaning material goods and possessions, things that…

Love Begins At Home

So, what is Jesus really asking of us when He tells us to turn the other cheek, to hand over our cloak as well as our tunic, and to voluntarily go an extra mile? He is teaching us how to respond to personal insults and humiliations. It was humiliating and offensive to be slapped on…

Creating a Clean Heart

Jesus is very practical about what can corrupt our hearts. He identifies anger, lust, and dishonesty as hidden viruses capable of damaging, and even destroying, our integrity, our very souls, but if we are honest with ourselves, all of us will have to admit that we struggle with temptation in each of these areas. So…

Are You The Light

Usually when we think of poverty we think of the materially needy, but there are all kinds of poverty in the world today that we can help to address. Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared…