The Gospel of “Whatever!” Who Are You in Today’s Gospel? Reply

Part 1: Let us go and die with him…

"Let us go back to Judea…"

“Let us go back to Judea…”

Today’s Gospel (John 11:1-45) is the longest of the year, after the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. There is so much to consider in this Gospel passage that it would be too much to try and cover it in one post, which is why I decided to divide this reflection in two parts. Today and tomorrow, I invite you to slip your feet in a pair of dusty sandals and place yourself on scene with the other characters in the Gospel. Identify with them, be one of them, and ask yourself, “Who am I in today’s Gospel?” More…

Christ’s Unlikely Messengers 10

Corpus AngleThe Gospels readings for the 3 Sundays leading up to Palm Sunday have something peculiar in common — unlikely emissaries of the Gospel. The Samaritan woman at the well, the man born blind, and this week’s spotlight guest in particular, a dead man, are not the first people we would choose to preach the Good News.

Yet these are the people God chose. Clearly, God can choose anybody he wants to be his messenger.  More…

Remove All Obstacles to Find Your Joy 6

"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

One of the reasons this Sunday’s Gospel reading is my favorite is all the little quirks you find in the original Greek text. This passage is full of them (John chapter 9).

Now people tend to get intimidated and annoyed when I start doing Greek on them, so I’m going to spare you that this time. I’ll just explain a couple of those issues without getting philological (i.e., getting geeky over nitty-gritty language details).

The first quirky Greek thing that strikes me when I read this passage is the repetition of the verb “open.” More…

Conversion at the Well 6

People have one track minds, God wants us to see the big picture. 

As I was reading the part about “Living Water” in today’s Gospel reading (John 4:5-42), I was reminded of something interesting. When I teach Baptism preparation classes, at one point I address the topic of the symbolism of water. I ask them, More…

Mountaintop Moments 3

Remember the moment!

Remember the moment!

In the Bible, mountaintops are privileged places for encountering God, for having life-changing experiences of God. And so it is no mere coincidence that Jesus brought his disciples up the mountain to see his transfiguration.

We have all had mountaintop experiences, times or moments when we felt God’s presence almost palpably, and we knew with absolute certainty that he was watching over us and guiding us. More…

Seeking the Kingdom of God First, Is God’s Will for Today 2

Streets Lined with Gold and the Path to True Peace

There was once a rich man who knew he was about to die.

He had worked hard, but he rarely thought about eternal life and Christ’s Kingdom. All he remembered from childhood religion classes was that there was fire in hell and golden streets in heaven. He had accepted the fact that he was going to die, but he didn’t like the idea of leaving behind all his hard-earned wealth. So he converted all his assets into gold bars, put them in a big bag on his bed, More…

When the Gospel Pokes 11

Sometimes, the Gospel hurts

I try to avoid going to the doctor. I do this mostly by staying healthy, but even when I’m not I’d rather sweat it out and endure all pain and suffering than visit the doctor’s office and have him tell me something I already know.

The thing I dislike the most about medical examinations is all the poking.

Doctor: “Does this hurt?” — Gouge! More…

Christ Asks for More Than Self-Improvement Reply

Thanks Aristotle. I'll try harder next time.

Thanks Aristotle. I’ll try harder next time.

The last time I got angry, if I remember correctly, I did not plan it exactly the way Aristotle suggests I should plan it.

That’s because we don’t plan our anger. It just happens. Or does it? More…

How Can Salt Lose Its Flavor? 5

Insipid, tasteless, bad taste, all words we use to describe a distasteful culinary experience, and the behavior or style of people who tend to disgust us.  What is the sense behind these unsavory metaphors?

In today’s Gospel reading (Matt 5:13-16), Jesus uses a salty analogy to remind his followers how they ought to behave:  More…

Lesson from Today’s Gospel: God Is Pro-Life! 3

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

I have some great news to share with you today.

First, we need to understand the Pro-Life meaning of today’s Gospel (Luke 2:22-40), because after you reflect on this, you will appreciate it so much more. More…