Return To Me

On this Ash Wednesday, we are at first summoned by the words of Joel to “return to me with your whole heart.” When I was a boy, my mother would on every Ash Wednesday repeat the words of one of her colleagues at work. “Oh, this is the day that all the Catholics come to work with dirty faces.” Unless the word “return” strikes us to the core of our being, all today is is the one on which we walk around with dirty faces.[read more]

More Will Be Given

Day and night they never stopped exclaiming: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.”  Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before[read more]

One New Person in Place of the Two

For Christ is our peace, He made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one Body,[read more]

The Courage To Love

I will espouse you to me forever: / I will espouse you in right and in justice, / in love and in mercy; / I will espouse you in fidelity, / and you shall know the Lord. Hosea 2:19-20 When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who[read more]

We Ascended Into Heaven

“So you also are now in anguish.  But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.  On that day you will not question me about anything.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give[read more]

The Vision of Beauty

But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46 At a central dramatic moment in both yesterday’s and today’s gospel readings from John 1, we hear the injunction “Come and see.” Yesterday it was Jesus telling the two disciples of John to “come and[read more]

What Love Has To Do With It

“The fig tree puts forth its figs, / and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. / Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, / and come! O my dove in the clefts of the rock, / in the secret recesses of the cliff, / Let me see you, / let me hear your voice, / [read more]

Turn And Become Like Children

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18: 3-5 This morning in the United[read more]