The Gift and Challenge of the New Moses

"Mulitplication of the Loaves and Fishes" (detail) by Très Riches Heures

“Jesus wants to give us much more than free bread or liberation from earthly suffering. But we want to settle for much less.” In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear the continuation of the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish that we began last Sunday. John tells us that after Jesus performs the dramatic… Continue reading The Gift and Challenge of the New Moses

The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament

"Pentecost (detail) by Josef Ignaz Mildorfer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“The readings at the Vigil introduce us to the Holy Spirit and His mission through Old Testament typology and prophecy.” The Extended Vigil for Pentecost Many years ago while studying in Rome, I was able to attend an extended Vigil Mass for Pentecost. While not many parishes take advantage of the option, the current Roman Missal has… Continue reading The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament

Baptism by the Fires of Temptation

"The Temptation of Christ on the Mount" (detail) Duccio di Buoninsegna

The Exodus Prefigures the Spiritual Journey of Christians During Lent God’s Chosen people remained in Egyptian captivity for 400 years and with hardened hearts and withering minds due to drudgery, they had forgotten God. Moses was sent to lead them out of slavery and into the Promised Land, but not before a 40 year trudge… Continue reading Baptism by the Fires of Temptation