There’s an ancient Jewish tradition which holds that March 25, the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the moment when our Lord and Savior took on our human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mary, is also the day on which God began the original masterpiece of His Creation. Continue reading “The Annunciation: A Matter of Life and Death”
They went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. (John1:39) When I decided to enter the seminary and even many times as a priest, I have been asked why I would do such a thing with my life. While those who are confused are often non-Catholics or non-Christians, sometimes the question has come from Catholics. They’re baffled to find someone in their right mind freely choosing a life of celibacy, obedience, and simplicity. Beyond that, I now get questions about my current assignment of studying philosophy in Rome. If I don’t get questions about living in Rome or comments about how (unnecessarily) impressive it is that I’m studying philosophy, then I usually get questions about the usefulness of studying philosophy. Some of my brother priests, as only brothers can do, raze me about how great it must be to have a 5-year Roman vacation. In short, whether it’s my vocation to the priesthood or my training in philosophy, my life might seem pretty useless.
Continue reading “Being with Jesus – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”
This Sunday’s Gospel follows upon the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, a miracle to which the Apostles were eyewitnesses. Immediately after this, Jesus made them get into the boat…it’s not uncharitable; it’s Him making space for an opportunity of grace to help them grow in their relationship with Him. We know what’s about to happen, but they obviously have no idea. While they’re making the crossing, a storm comes up … not uncommon! Because they’re fishermen, they know there’s always a risk of storms on the Sea of Galilee. St. Matthew tells us that it was during the fourth watch of the night, which is basically the early hours of the morning, so it’s late into the night, and they’ve been fighting this for a long time. They’re probably sleep-deprived and physically exhausted from steering. Then, they see Jesus coming toward them. They think he’s a ghost; they’re afraid…I can’t blame them; I’d be afraid, too. Imagine seeing your best friend walking on water: “What the…who are you?” Continue reading “Don’t Waste Your Time; Get Out of the Boat – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time”