Scripture

Amen, Amen: James, Peter and Rock-Solid Faith

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The word amen is familiar to all.  But few know its origins and its true meaning, which actually strikes at the very essence of what it means to believe and have rock-solid faith. The readings for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalms 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35. Pentecostal preachers shout it. Monks chant it. Most […]

The Motivation for the Miracles

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“Ephphatha!” The miracles of Jesus, particularly the story of Jesus’ healing of the deaf – mute in the Gospel of Mark, raise a big questions — did Jesus Christ truly work miracles and if so, was his motivation compassion or glory? The readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalms 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; James 2:1-5; Mark […]

Religion that is True, Good and Beautiful

“The School of Athens” (detail showing Aristotle with the elder Plato) by Raphael

A number of years ago, Sister Regina Marie OCD, spoke here at the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference. It was one of the most profound, yet accessible and relevant, talks I have ever heard. She asked, “What is the greatest of truths?” The answer she gave after a time of discussion with the audience was simply this, “God is.” “God is […]

Does Scripture Bash Tradition?

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What does the term Tradition really mean? Is it opposed to the Bible? The sola scriptura principle of the Protestant Reformation assumed it was — here we examine this assumption in the light of a few key scriptures. The readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark […]

Encountering the Word — Galatians 5:5-6

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“For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.” (Galatians 5:5-6) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Encountering the Word — 1 Peter 1:3-5

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready […]

John 6 and Your Eucharistic Faith

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Four Sundays ago, I mentioned here that the liturgical calendar of the Church was taking a short break from the Gospel of Mark, which we had been hearing this year at Sunday Mass. Next Sunday, we will return to Mark’s Gospel. Counting today, we have spent five consecutive Sundays hearing from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Its content has been […]

Intentional Discipleship Renewed Daily

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Christians are called to be not just believers, but intentional disciples who make a conscious decision to follow Jesus and him alone.  But discipleship can’t be a one-time decision.  As in a marriage, the commitment must be renewed daily. This post is on Christian discipleship as an intentional exclusive commitment similar to marriage which disciples renew every day.  It  reflects […]

To Whom Should We Go?

This Sunday, we are given a choice. We can stay or we can go. As we finish the Bread of Life discourse, we see the result of the hard teaching that Jesus has been preaching the last few Sundays. “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.” […]