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Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)
Divided consciousness sees reality as broken up into pieces. Human individuals are broken fragments of the cosmos endowed with consciousness. Persons transcend individuation and encompass the whole cosmos—divinity and humanity, heaven and earth—through Jesus Christ.… Read the rest
23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)
The life of Jesus is the epitome of his “Sermon on the Mount” or “Sermon on the Plain,” as it is called in Luke. The living sermon who is Jesus himself continues in his disciples, the Body of Christ.… Read the rest
20th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)
“Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”Matthew 20:16
What is the foundation of the concepts “first” and “last”?
“First” is derived from one. One is derived from two.… Read the rest
20th Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday (Year II)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven.… Read the rest
What is Equality?
Equality requires an external standard measure. For example, X is equal to Y in length, taking either X or Y as the standard.… Read the rest
18th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)
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For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
Feast of the Transfiguration (Year A)
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, the last of the biblical theophanies, unfolded the deepest secret of divinity hidden from Moses on Mount Sinai and Elijah on Mount Horeb. … Read the rest
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.… Read the rest
12th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)
Jesus’ fame as a healer spread far and wide in Palestine, attracting not only lepers but foreigners like the Roman centurion. Jews did not associate with either group; one was “unclean,” the other was “Gentile.”… Read the rest
11th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year II)
I Kings 21:1-16, Matthew 5:38-42
Humans are the oddest creatures on the planet. The account of Naboth’s stoning is odd from beginning to end.
King Ahab tried to strike a deal with his neighbor Naboth to acquire his vineyard, which was next to his palace.… Read the rest
The Chinese Bible translates Logos (Word) in the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel as Tao (literally, the Way)—the universal and transcendent guiding principle in the cosmos. The “ten thousand things” is an expression that means everything that exists.… Read the rest
10th week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday (Year II)
1 Kings 17:7-16, Psalm 4, Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the light of the world”—a torch lit by the transfiguring Light of the Trinity.… Read the rest
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
With the revelation of the Trinity, the totality of reality is bathed in a new light. Every domain of human life is transformed. What does a tri-personal universe look like?… Read the rest
After Christ’s revelation of the thrice holy Trinity, new light is shed upon the entire arc of salvation history, especially the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This meditation sketch explores the thesis that Mary and Mother Church image the Divine Person of the Father in being the font of new persons.… Read the rest
“Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.”
What’s in a name? In the Old Testament, names stood for the character and mission of a person, as when Abram became Abraham, or Jacob became Israel.… Read the rest
6th Week of Easter, Saturday
“On that day” of rejoicing, Jesus says, “you will not question me about anything.” But on this day, “whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”… Read the rest
6th Week of Easter, Friday
Gaze upon a flower for one minute and observe its movement. It appears to be still, but it is constantly changing, growing or fading. The wind blows and it sways. Light and shadows flicker continuously so that it appears in a slightly different shade every second.… Read the rest
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Jesus assures us in today’s Gospel reading that no one can take his sheep out of his hand. He knows each of his sheep by name and their unique identity.
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.”… Read the rest