Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

John the Baptist makes this call that is always relevant, as he prepares the appearance of Jesus, the Messiah, and as we prepare for Christmas and the coming of the Lord at the end of time.   Repentance is not a feeling, though it is often accompanied by sorrow and regret. Repentance involves three things:…

Renewing our Christian Citizenship

Another Advent is upon us. Why? Why does the Church lead us along the same path every year, repeating the same seasons, even the same readings? Is it for lack of creativity and imagination? No, the Church is always young, and never runs out of creativity. In every generation she gives the world new saints,…

Christ our King

  No one wants to be forgotten. It’s terrible when you go up to others to greet them, and they don’t remember you. We’re crushed when that happens. If anyone could be expected to forget, it would be Jesus. He’s dying on the Cross in terrible agony. He’s crucified between two criminals. The Romans did…

End of Time and the Virtue of Patient Endurance

Today’s Gospel from Luke opens with the prediction of Jesus concerning the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem. The temple is a marvel of a gem for the Jews, a symbol of their identity as God’s people, a sign of God’s presence and an embodiment of their cherished hopes. They believe that as long as…

Jesus: Our Life and Resurrection

As liturgical year draws closer to its end (Nov. 27th is the First Sunday of Advent), the Church leads us into God’s word about death, the inevitable end of our earthly existence, and eternity. The readings leading to the Gospel underline the importance of living by the three theological virtues: FAITH AT ALL COST. The…

Taking Stock in Thoughts

Today’s Gospel passage is actually the second time in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus says, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” He must really want us to get that message, but, it is not an easy message to get. The Pharisee in Jesus’ parable thought he was…

Praying always without becoming weary!

In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells His disciples the necessity of praying always without becoming weary. He describes a widow who is persistent in her pursuit of what is just. Deprived of rights after her husband’s death, she insists on the protection afforded by the Law of Moses for widows and orphans.   She…

Gratitude a Gift from God

At the end of the fourth Gospel, St John’s Gospel, we are told that if everything Christ did during his brief earthly life were written down, the entire world would not contain the books. We can infer, therefore, that many, maybe even the majority of Christ’s miracles and encounters were not recorded in the New…

DONNING OUR APRONS

  Megan McKenna, the famous  theologian who has taught at many major Catholic institutions including Fordham, once reflected on our Gospel for today and wrote: Jesus tells two parables of a master and a servant. In the first, the master dons an apron in delight when he finds his servants ready and he waits on…