My family’s big sport was baseball. We spent so many hours playing, watching, or thinking about playing baseball. Dad was the coach for our coach’s pitch team. We would spend what seemed like endless hours throwing, catching, and fielding the balls the Dad would hit to us. But what we really wanted, what I think […]Read more "Temptation and Baseball"
“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"
Para muchas personas, la cosa más peor en el mundo es morir. Para la persona que no cree en Dios o no cree en algo después de esta vida, la muerte parece ser el fin de todo, y entonces la muerte sería de evitar a todo costo. Entonces, hoy día hemos desarrollado tecnologías médicas que […]Read more "Pecar es peor que morir"
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” Our Lord presents us today with two practical examples of searching for and finding lost things. The second makes sense: A woman who has […]Read more "Allowing God to Find Us"
“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"
“I ain’t never seen a hearse with a luggage rack.” The words of this country song, even if not expressed with the grammatical cohesion that one could desire for the English language, ring true. Our earthly possessions are good for just that, for our life on earth, and that alone. At the end of our […]Read more "Building Bigger Barns: The dangers of greed"
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"
“Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [Amen.] Work for the food that endures for eternal life. The food that endures for eternal life, the bread of life promised by our […]Read more "The Eucharist is Worth It: Working for the food that endures for eternal life"
Rev. Royce V. Gregerson 12th Sunday Through the Year 21 June 2015 The sea of Galilee, upon which the scene from this Sunday’s Gospel takes place, is really a lake, much smaller even than the Great Lakes of the Midwestern United States. However, it is prone to quickly developing storms that would have caught the […]Read more "Sin Is Not Inevitable: The battle against temptation"