WILL THEY KNOW ALL MY SECRETS? (31 January 2008)

Today’s Readings

Today’s gospel has got to have one of the scariest passages in the entire Bible!  The Lord tells us: “For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.”

What?!  I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping that the Lord is just being poetic here and has no intention of being taken literally.  Just imagine what he means.  Everyone’s going to know everything about you:  your most private–and uncharitable–thoughts, your deepest, darkest secrets, things about yourselves that even you would prefer to forget and not think about. Imagine all these resurrected at the end of time and haunting you in full view of everyone!  The afterlife–wherever you end up with–is going to be pretty intolerable because of that! Continue reading WILL THEY KNOW ALL MY SECRETS? (31 January 2008)

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“IS ANYTHING REALLY POSSIBLE WITH LOVE?” (Mk 4:1-20): 30 January 2008 (Wednesday)

“IS ANYTHING REALLY POSSIBLE WITH LOVE?” (Mk 4:1-20):  30 January 2008 (Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

Reading the familiar Parable of the Sower this morning reminded me of one of the last Tears for Fears songs.  It’s called “Sowing the Seeds of Love.”  Written by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the song was No. 8 in the Billboard Charts in 1989.  Some critics claim the song is a rip-off of “I Am A Walrus,” but most do acknowledge it as a tribute to the Beatles.

As in other TFF songs, the lyrics are not easy to understand, but the refrain is a dead giveaway:  “Sowing the seeds of love.  Anything is possible when you’re sowing the seeds of love…” Continue reading “IS ANYTHING REALLY POSSIBLE WITH LOVE?” (Mk 4:1-20): 30 January 2008 (Wednesday)

“WHO ARE MY MOTHER AND BROTHERS?” (Mk 3:31-35): 29 January 2008 (Tuesday)

“WHO ARE MY MOTHER AND BROTHERS?” (Mk 3:31-35): 29 January 2008 (Tuesday)

Today’s Readings

This photograph won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and has been described as the picture that “made the world weep.”  It was taken by a freelance South African photographer named Kevin Carter. Continue reading “WHO ARE MY MOTHER AND BROTHERS?” (Mk 3:31-35): 29 January 2008 (Tuesday)

“IS IT ALL STRAW?” (Mk 3:22-30): 28 January 2008 (Thomas Aquinas, Monday)

“IS IT ALL STRAW?” (Mk 3:22-30):  28 January 2008 (Thomas Aquinas, Monday)

Today’s Readings

Thomas Aquinas, whose feast we celebrate today, has been declared as the “Angelic and Universal Doctor of the Church” (Doctor Angelicus and Doctor Communis).  That’s one helluva title if you ask me!  But in his lifetime, Thomas carried another, less flattering title.  Because of his slowness and phenomenal silence, his classmates called him “The Big Dumb Ox.” Often mistaken for dullness, his silence made him the frequent victim of his classmates’ pranks.  Continue reading “IS IT ALL STRAW?” (Mk 3:22-30): 28 January 2008 (Thomas Aquinas, Monday)

“DO I SIT IN DARKNESS?” (Mt 4:12-17): 27 January 2008 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

“DO I SIT IN DARKNESS?” (Mt 4:12-17):  27 January 2008 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Today’s gospel reading tells us that when Jesus begins his ministry after the arrest of John, he fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy that “the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light.”   I think that’s a great image:  People sitting in darkness and then seeing light.

I remember when I was growing up, there was a huge oil crisis in the country, and as a result, we experienced frequent power interruptions.  We would have no choice but literally sit in the dark, usually around a lighted candle, and because there was nothing else to do, we would talk and play board games until the light finally went back on. Continue reading “DO I SIT IN DARKNESS?” (Mt 4:12-17): 27 January 2008 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

“HAVE YOU GONE CRAZY?” (Mk 3:20-21): 26 January 2008 (Timothy and Titus, Saturday)

“HAVE YOU GONE CRAZY?” (Mk 3:20-21): 26 January 2008 (Timothy and Titus, Saturday)

Today’s Readings

Back in the 80s, one group whose songs made a mark was “Tears for Fears,” a duo made of Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal.  They wrote strange verses and sang their angst-ridden songs like they were on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  Later the duo split up.  There were even rumors that one of them ended up in a mental institution (Not true).  Can’t blame the public, what with all those songs about emotional distress and primal therapy! Continue reading “HAVE YOU GONE CRAZY?” (Mk 3:20-21): 26 January 2008 (Timothy and Titus, Saturday)

“GALILEE OR DAMASCUS?” (Acts 9:1-22): 25 January 2008 (Conversion of St. Paul, Friday)

“GALILEE OR DAMASCUS?” (Acts 9:1-22):  25 January 2008 (Conversion of St. Paul, Friday)

 

 

Today’s Readings

Today we remember the conversion of St. Paul, one of the greatest and most zealous missionaries in all of Christian history. Before his conversion, Paul was Saul, a typical “bad guy.” He was a strict Pharisee, belonging to that class of Jews known for its excessive allergy to all things unclean and impure. And what could be more impure to Judaism than this new sect that threatened to break away? The first time we encounter his name in the New Testament is at the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr of the Church. After that, he came to be known as one of the fiercest persecutors of the early Christian Church. Small wonder that Saul was hated as much as he was feared. Continue reading “GALILEE OR DAMASCUS?” (Acts 9:1-22): 25 January 2008 (Conversion of St. Paul, Friday)

“DOES IT GET LONELY AT THE TOP?” (Mk 3:7-12) :24 January 2008 (Francis de Sales, Thursday)

“DOES IT GET LONELY AT THE TOP?” (Mk 3:7-12) :24 January 2008 (Francis de Sales, Thursday)

Today’s Readings

Two years ago I watched “Superman Returns” and came away from it both inspired and sad. I was inspired because for those who read between the lines, it turned out to be an eloquent parable about Christ.  Many have long pointed out the numerous parallels between the character of Superman and Christ, but in this movie, the filmmaker seems to have gone out of his way to uncover and even strengthen these parallels between them. Continue reading “DOES IT GET LONELY AT THE TOP?” (Mk 3:7-12) :24 January 2008 (Francis de Sales, Thursday)

“WHAT MAKES YOU MAD?” (Mk 3:1-6): 23 January 2008 (Wednesday)

“WHAT MAKES YOU MAD?” (Mk 3:1-6): 23 January 2008 (Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

In the gospel story today, the Lord does something he rarely does:  He gets mad.  He meets a man with a withered hand.  Moved with pity, our Lord decides to heal the man’s hand and to free him not only from the physical pain, but also all the psycho-emotional suffering that the handicapped among us are made to bear. Continue reading “WHAT MAKES YOU MAD?” (Mk 3:1-6): 23 January 2008 (Wednesday)

‘WHAT’S MY PROCRUSTEAN BED?’ (Mk 2:23-28): 22 January 2008 (Tuesday)

‘WHAT’S MY PROCRUSTEAN BED?’ (Mk 2:23-28):  22 January 2008 (Tuesday)

Today’s Readings

Procrustes–literally, “stretcher”–was a thief and murderer in the myth of Theseus.  He victimized travelers who were on their way to Athens by offering them shelter.  He claimed to have a mysterious bed that would fit a guest of any size.  It turned out that his claim was true because he either stretched the guests or cut their limbs to make them fit  into his bed, in the process, torturing and killing them.  Continue reading ‘WHAT’S MY PROCRUSTEAN BED?’ (Mk 2:23-28): 22 January 2008 (Tuesday)