Blog Posts for "Jesus"

Don’t Look Too Hard

St. Josaphat Wisdom 7:22b-8:1; Luke 17:20-25   Have you ever lost something and become so obsessed with finding it that you turn the house, car or office upside down; sit down in despondent frustration; and only then behold it sitting right in front of you?  It was hidden in plain view.  Jesus admonished his disciples to realize that the coming of the Kingdom of God was both a future and a present reality.  They risked becoming blinded by their search for signs when many were already in front of them—none more important than Jesus himself! ...

The Time of Our Visitation

Thursday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time Revelation 5:1-10; Luke 19:41-44 Jesus wept over Jerusalem and lamented its looming destruction (an accomplished fact by the time St. Luke wrote his gospel) for failing to recognize the time of its visitation.  He had been in its midst as well as throughout Israel preaching, teaching, healing and urging the people to repent and accept the reign of God; but most, particularly their religious leaders, failed to heed his call. Jesus still visits us in many ways, large and small, subtle and more obvious.   Do we recognize him and respond with metanoia,...

New Wine, Fresh Wineskins at the Margins

July 5, 2014 St. Anthony Zaccaria Matthew 9:14-17 I don’t really like the term “institutional church” because it too often reflects and furthers an “us vs. them” mentality rather than an appreciation of the diversity of roles and functions and the fundamental unity of the body of Christ. At the same time, it would be naïve and perhaps dishonest to pretend that the Roman Catholic Church is not an institution, along with all of the advantages (e.g. stability, organization) and disadvantages (e.g. unwieldiness, impersonality) that go along with it. Institutions by their nature tend to be reactive and...

No Place for Whiners or the Complacent

July 2, 2014 Wednesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 8:28-34 Sometimes we prefer the devils we know—no matter how dysfunctional and destructive they may be—to the angels we don’t. When the people of the Gadarene territory saw the formerly possessed men freed of their demons and the heard of swine drowned in the sea, they begged Jesus to depart from them. Accepting the reign of God that Jesus brought into the world and his transforming grace can often be as unsettling and disruptive as it is comforting and healing. It requires that some things be destroyed...

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