Kingdom of God

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Who do Others See When They Look at You?

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). In John 14:15, Jesus tells his apostles, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  In this passage, Jesus is preparing His Apostles for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. After three long years with them, these are among His final words […]

A Call to Live in God’s Kingdom

“What is it that you most want right now?” If I were to take a survey, I would probably receive a variety of answers. Some would say a new job or better job security, maybe better pay or just the respect of their employers. Others might speak of health issues, concern for their children or the need to get their finances […]

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Encountering the Word — Wisdom 6:1-3

“Listen therefore, O kings, and understand; learn, O judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, you that rule over multitudes, and boast of many nations. For your dominion was given you from the Lord, and your sovereignty from the Most High; he will search out your works and inquire into your plans.” (Wisdom 6:1-3) Please share on social […]

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Render Unto Caesar

When the Pharisees and the Herodians brought up the issue of paying taxes to the Emperor, Jesus uttered the famous line “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  So what does this say about the role of government in our lives?  What do we owe to the state? Reflection on the Mass readings for the […]

"Table of Mortal Sins - Acedia" (detail) by Hieronymus Bosch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The King’s Wedding Feast—Invitation Declined

Why would people decline a royal invitation to a wedding feast fit for a king?  This parable of Jesus describes a situation we see around us everyday—pervasive apathy in the face of the offer of salvation and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The cause?  A sneaky but deadly sin called sloth. Reflection on the Mass readings for the […]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 12:32-34

“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Luke 12:32-34) […]

Faith and Mountaintop Experiences—Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus at the summit of Mt. Tabor, remembered each year on August 6, is one of the pivotal events of the Lord’s public ministry.  The veil of the carpenter’s humanity is pulled back for a moment and his divine nature is revealed.  This sudden manifestation of the divinity of Christ tells us of the role […]

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Is the Kingdom of God Liberal or Conservative? Old or New?

How does the Kingdom of God relate to conservative versus liberal values?  Should those seeking the pearl of great price look for it in realms that are more traditionalist and old or more progressive and new? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — First Kings 3:5, 7-12; Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-12; Romans […]

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Encountering the Word — Acts 14:21-23

“When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Ico′nium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every […]