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"
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 […]Read more "God only needs a little seed"
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 […]Read more "True Love is Present Here"
“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath!” (Mt 3:7)\ If we were to make the Gospels into a play, the character I would want to play would be John the Baptist. He undoubtedly would have the coolest lines: “Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees!” […]Read more "Fleeing from the Coming Wrath"
“I guess you have to just make a leap of faith.” How often have we found ourselves saying or hearing these words, or something like them? Faith, to most of us, is the act you have to make when you just cannot understand, when rational thought fails to give an explanation. It seems a blind […]Read more "Seeing is Not Believing"
The Sacred Liturgy sets before us a difficult theme today: the accomplishment of God’s will in the face of suffering and adversity. It is a particular feature of the ancient Roman liturgy that all of the texts of the Mass are chosen for each other and fit together. The entrance antiphon, or introit, which has […]Read more "Forgiveness and the Problem of Evil"
Homily for the XV Sunday Through the Year Parish Church of St. John the Baptist 12 July 2015 God is able to bring light out of even the darkest of situations, and we saw an example of that recently in the church shooting tragedy in South Carolina. At a court hearing a few days after […]Read more "Repentance: The heart of the Gospel"