Blog Posts for "Jesus"

Stuff Happens

June 28, 2014 Immaculate Heart of Mary Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Luke 2:41-51 Stuff happens. Suffering, regardless of how it occurs or who may have caused or contributed to it, is a fact of life. We suffer because we’re human, mortal and, as the story of Adam and Eve illustrates, prone to sin and disobedience to God’s will. Mary and Joseph suffered anxiety and confusion when their Son came up missing on the trip home from Jerusalem because he decided he needed to stay in the Temple, his Father’s house, and sit among the teachers there. The people of Israel...

Check the Tree

June 25, 2014 Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 7:15-20 In today’s gospel passage Jesus gives his disciples a moral lesson by using an agricultural metaphor: the quality of a tree is known by the fruit it produces. How well am I tending to myself, my inner life, my character? The Psalmist reminds us that those who delight in God’s law and meditate on it day and night are “like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves never fade” (1:2-3). How well rooted am I in the Scriptures,...

Unwinding

June 21, 2014 St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Matthew 6:24-34 Sometimes I think I’ve been wired to worry. My mother loves to remind me that she would often find me at night peering anxiously over the top bar of the crib while my twin brother a foot away was soundly sleeping. I can’t begin to count the number of hours of sleep I’ve lost since then wrestling with matters that, in any case, could never be resolved at 2 AM. It doesn’t take much for me to get so wound up that I can almost manufacture a crisis where none...

A Study in Contrasts

June 16, 2014 Monday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time 1 Kgs 21:1-16; Mt 5:38-42 Today’s readings present a study in contrasts: arrogance, greed, and entitlement versus humility, graciousness and generosity. Ahab, aided by Jezebel, is willing to have poor Naboth murdered on false testimony in order to have the convenience of a vineyard next door to his house. As King of Israel with virtually no human checks on his power, he is able to do and take what he wants…or so he thinks. Ahab represents social Darwinism in its most extreme form, where the rich and powerful get even...

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