Gospel

Uncomfortable Christianity

“It’s time to recognize that Christianity is not a comfortable religion. The doctrines we profess are stumbling blocks, and the demands are uncomfortable.” We have gotten too comfortable. Walking around as baptized Christians, we probably don’t often think about what that means. Christianity is radical. If we really profess what Christianity professes and live what Christianity demands, we will not […]

Encountering the Word — Luke 1:78-79

Your Daily Bible Quote “…through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this […]

Sunday Reflection—Radical Discipleship: A Call for Everyone

Are you willing to sacrifice all for the Lord? In Luke 14, Jesus speaks some very disturbing words to anyone who wants to be his disciple.  He sees the call to discipleship as requiring people to renounce not only their possessions but also their own life and family.  The example of Thomas More shows us that this is radical, but […]

Receive, O Lord — Take all of me!

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

There is a great old popular jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons titled All of Me that is one of my favorite tunes.  I particularly like the rendition performed by Louis Armstrong and another done later by Willie Nelson. The song is about a fellow who lost his heart to a girl who left him, so he […]

Sunday Reflection—Humility Opens Doors

“Nice guys finish last,” says the world.   “The last will be first,” replies Jesus. In the topsy-turvy world of the Kingdom of God, the last shall be first and the humble and meek shall inherit the earth.  Meekness is not weakness, & pride is a symptom of insanity.  This post explains why all the virtues hinge on humility and why the […]

The Church needs Tentmakers

“As a tentmaker, you have a unique role to play in the Church – that of evangelist, of disciple, in the nitty gritty of life, in the ‘temporal order.’” In his memoir, A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken details his conversion to Christianity, a journey in which the writings of C.S. Lewis played a part. After readings the works of Lewis, […]

Lord, will those who are saved be few?

"Universal Judgement" (detail) by Michelangelo

I once heard a comment from a friend who was preparing a homily for today’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (see Luke 13:22-30). He was finding it difficult to “preach that there will be so few in heaven.” He has no problem on preaching about death, judgment, Heaven and Hell; but, he is disturbed and sad that, in his understanding, there will be […]

Remembering What’s Important

“In the end, a life that radiates His truth, His love, and His glory is going to do far more to spread the kingdom than an argument on Twitter.” A friend emailed me recently, after finding out that his friend had left the Church. I look forward to his emails – they’re strikingly perceptive and usually make me either laugh […]

Sunday Reflection—The Narrow Door

Strive to Enter by the Narrow Door Jesus’ call to enter through the narrow door seems to conflict with the idea that God wants all to be saved, that the universal, Catholic Church means “here comes everybody.”  But a deeper look resolves the inconsistency. The Mass readings for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalms 117:1, 2; […]