Calling God our Father

“Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.” These enigmatic words of our Lord are a challenge for interpretation. Does our Lord really mean that we should not call anyone, “father,” “dad,” “daddy,” or so forth? No, this is not what He means. Rather, our Lord’s injunction to call […]

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God only needs a little seed

Two weeks in a row now, the Gospel has ended with this haunting phrase, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” So what are we supposed to hear? Each of the past two weeks we have heard a long and complicated parable in which our Lord explains what the Kingdom of Heaven is all about. Last […]

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Being Spiritually Full

“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert … He … let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your fathers.” In these lines from the first reading, Moses is reminding the Israelite people of […]

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Unity in the Family

“It has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters, … that there are rivalries among you.” In today’s epistle, St. Paul issues a rebuke to the Christians at Corinth. He has heard that there are rivalries and divisions among the Christians. He is probably disappointed. It has not been very long at […]

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True Love is Present Here

Over the site of our Lord’s birth, to no one’s surprise, is a church, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It is, of course, a beautiful church, with soaring arches and ruts in the stone floor from the countless numbers of pilgrims who have filed through over the centuries to reverence the sacred place […]

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