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October 30, 2019

Love, and then do as you will? Doesn’t that sound rather dangerous? Perhaps. But it is taken from the writings of St. Augustine, considered one of the greatest teachers of the faith in the early church. And he is simply stating in different words

what Jesus is telling...

May 15, 2017

Imagine the whiplash of feelings Paul and Barnabas might have felt: first, having to flee from Iconium, lest they be stoned to death; then seeing a lifelong cripple jump to his feet in response to their preaching in Lystra; followed by having to convince the crowds tha...

May 7, 2017

Yes, sheep. That’s what Jesus called us. Now, a shepherd will tell you that sheep require more care and attention than any other kind of livestock. But anyone who has ever spent time around sheep knows that they are just about the dumbest creatures God ever created! Le...

April 13, 2017

The Passover: A night for remembering, retelling ancient stories, recalling who we are, for sharing a meal that takes us to the source, and the summit, of life. True for Jesus and his disciples, long ago; true for Jesus and his disciples today, this day.

To remember is...

April 5, 2017

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32) No, Jesus, I’d rather not, thank you. I’ve gotten by this long with my illusions about how life is supposed to be, which therefore justify my irritation and anger when it is not. I’ve managed to prot...

February 14, 2016

What have they got to do with each other? Quite a bit, actually.

The heart is the symbol of the life of striving, of feeling and passion, of conviction. Our language reveals the importance of this symbol: We speak of a heart being touched, or a heart being moved; we can...

May 24, 2015

There they were, behind locked doors, scared to death (understandably enough) that what had happened to Jesus might yet happen to them. And because of their fear, they might have stayed in that upper room for God-knows-how-long, and Christianity would have been stillbo...

April 5, 2015

If you strive to be faithful to Jesus, this is where it leads you: to an empty tomb.

Jesus was faithful, even when God and God's way became totally mysterious – as we too must be faithful. The heart of the Incarnation, of God-becoming-flesh, is found in Jesus' radical a...

October 24, 2009

Poor Jesus! Every time he asked his followers to be childlike they thought he meant childish – and so they were. “Jesus, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us” (Mk. 9:38). James and John: “Jesus, grant...

September 4, 2009

I see him regularly on business. And although the setting is often busy and noisy, with others coming and going, his presence to me is almost unfailingly full and focused, something which I acknowledge with appreciation. His quality of presence, so unusual in a world i...

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