Monday, July 25, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
The message of Christ, both in our day and in Jesus's day, is very similar to the call of the prophets through the generations of ancient Israel, summarized well by the prophet Micah in today's first reading:
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.HERE's my homily from this morning.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
today's gospel, and most people I meet say they identify with Martha more than Mary. It's important to note that Jesus doesn't condemn Martha or her activeness, he points out that Mary is doing the one necessary thing, being with Jesus. HERE's my homily from this morning.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. For many years now, I've loved Carmelite spirituality but I could never quite figure out why until recently. I was recently pointed to a Carmelite author who wrote:
"If the impossible were to take place and the past were suddenly obliterated and tradition no longer existed, and the call of the living God were to sound for the first time in a soul, this call would carry with it the spirit of Carmel in all its freshness, its newness, its eternal richness. Because it is of God and is pure reference to God, this spirit is distinguished by a clarity, a simplicity, and a limpidity that are absolute. It has nothing to do with techniques. It fears more than all else material and spiritual encumbrances, multiplicity of means, devotion, and spiritual exercises. It is God just as God is that it seeks and desires: God, for the mind all mystery, but for the soul light and delicious knowledge."Basically, what I realized is that Carmelite is an utterly simple focus on God. Anyway, HERE's my homily from today, although it is far less eloquent than that quote.
Friday, July 15, 2016
In today's gospel, the Pharisees rebuke the disciples for plucking heads of grains on the sabbath, and Jesus in turn rebukes the Pharisees for being jerk-faces, or at least that's how we normally read it. It turns out Jesus had a higher purpose, HERE's my homily on it.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
readings for today, Jesus is talking about the sort of people he calls to himself. Coincidence? Perhaps, but probably not. Anyway, HERE's my homily for the day.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
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