“If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.” “Woe to me if […]Read more "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel"
“What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” What does it mean that Christ’s teaching is new? Or more importantly, how is Christ’s teaching new for you? The world has frequently convinced us that Christianity, and especially Catholicism, is just the opposite of something new. […]Read more "Rediscovering the Newness of the Gospel"
After all of the excitement of the Christmas season, we are settling back down now into Ordinary Time, that time of the year when we focus not necessarily on the extraordinary events of the history of salvation, but rather on how we are called to be a part of these great mysteries, on the ordinary, […]Read more "Calling our Country to Repentance"
It is fitting that, on the Sunday after Christmas, we should commemorate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. This feast day reminds us of an important reality: Jesus was born into a family. Our Lord, like every human person, was not merely an isolated individual. God has willed that new human life should […]Read more "The Holy Family: Our Model and Guide"
“While gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, [the] all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne. Into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of thy authentic command.” So did King Solomon of old foretell the coming […]Read more "God Searching for Us"
St. John the Baptist is the next great protagonist of the Advent season of preparation for Christ that we encounter in today’s Gospel. He is the one who prepared the way for Christ by calling the people of Judea to repentance, the last and the greatest of the prophets, because he pointed out Christ Himself: […]Read more "The Comfort of Repentance"
“When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.” “Subjected” is not a word with very positive connotations. To be subjected means to be weak, to be defeated, to be vulnerable. This is representative […]Read more "Christ the Poor and Suffering King"