Don’t Waste Your Time; Get Out of the Boat – 19th 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, kinneret-boatthey 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”

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Do You See How Much I Love You: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Imagine being tired from weeks of particularly difficult work with lots of people demanding lots of things from you. After being promised a break, a little time away, when you get to the secluded place, a mountain of all places, all you see coming on the horizon is crowds of people…more people…constantly wanting more and more from you. This is where the Apostles start in today’s Gospel reading. Continue reading “Do You See How Much I Love You: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

What is He Doing?

For the two of you who were worried, I’m still here, just temporarily slowed by studying, final exams, and a retreat at an Austrian Cistercian monastery. I’m supposed to be over here studying, remember? This post, however, is not about me.  Rather, there have been some questions, some serious and some not-so-serious, regarding one of my “neighbors” who goes by Pope Francis and what exactly is “going on over there.”  Continue reading “What is He Doing?”

Just another day…of the unexpected

This is a city with millennia of history; why should I expect anything other than lots of cool surprises? Yes, I’m a slower learner.  Now, since yesterday was a day that ends in “y,” so it was a good day to visit yet another of the 5,000 (yes, 5,000) chapels in Rome.  This time it was a neighborhood to the south around the Colosseum. Continue reading “Just another day…of the unexpected”