When we read today’s Gospel, it can seem like Jesus isn’t in the nicest of moods. He declares that He came to set fire to the earth and follows that up with “how I wish it were already blazing!” The words he uses indicate a passion, a desire, an urge
In his letter to the Romans this morning, Paul uses the analogy that makes sense to the people of his time. He speaks of slavery, which was seen then as a part of society. This image would be something everyone could identify with on some level. What he says is
There is one God. With three distinct and individual persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father begot the Son and the Holy Spirit precedes from the Father and the Son. All existence resides within God. Heaven, hell, purgatory, and the entire timeline of existence exists fully within God. For
It’s easy to get caught up in the readings and see the scholars and Pharisees as the bad guys. It’s much more helpful if, instead of finding a “them” to blame, we try to see what it says to us in the reading. While most of us aren’t trained theologians
These readings aren’t the happy-go-lucky ones that many people like to hear. Instead, they remind us that Christianity isn’t promised an easy time. That God is calling us to a deeper relationship, one of sacrifice and authentic self-giving. That the key to our own judgment is in how we judge
This familiar story in the Gospel often hits a nerve. This young man was a good person. He had been living a decent life has realized that he needed something more. Something deeper. Jesus then challenges him to give up his money. At this, the young man goes away sad.
Today on the feast of our Lady of the Rosary, I want to speak a bit of what it means to meditate. The Gospel today reminds us that we should be storming heaven with our prayers. We have this amusing story about a friend who wakes his buddy up in