Generous Awareness

It is clear in the familiar passage from Matthew 25 that the difference between the blessed and the chastened is a matter of awareness. The awareness that distinguishes them is not an awareness of the Lord’s presence, for neither group was aware of on the one hand serving the Lord and on the other failing to serve the Lord. Rather the differing awareness was that of recognizing and responding to the need of other human persons. To read today’s passage in the context of the entirety of Matthew 25 is to recognize that the whole chapter is a reflection on[read more]

Being Separated and United

When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you[read more]

Poverty and Life In Common

Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions. Luke 12: 15   In the Working Paper on Life Form that is part of the Xaverian Charism Study, we read: The Xaverian expression of the life of the evangelical counsels has always included a[read more]

Sin and Society

The children of Israel—priests, Levites, and the other returned exiles—celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. Ezra 6: 16 “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” Luke 8: 21 We are living in a time that constantly reminds us of the truth[read more]