“HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICES?” (Lk 5:27-32): 09 February 2008 (Saturday after Ash Wednesday)

“HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICES?” (Lk 5:27-32): 09 February 2008 (Saturday after Ash Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

Today’s reading is about God’s choices, the type of people that God chooses and uses to do his work.

In the Gospel, our Lord chooses Matthew–a tax collector.  Tax collectors have never been anybody’s favorite characters.  Today, as before, they continue to be associated with graft and corruption.  However, at the time of our Lord, they were hated by the Jews for an additional reason:  Not only were they notorious for cheating the people that they taxed; but also, because the taxes they collected went to a foreign power, they were branded as traitors, as collaborators with Rome. Continue reading “HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICES?” (Lk 5:27-32): 09 February 2008 (Saturday after Ash Wednesday)

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“CAN YOU BLAME US?” (Lk 9:22-25): 07 February 2008 (Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

“CAN YOU BLAME US?” (Lk 9:22-25):  07 February 2008 (Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

The TV series “Smallville” is, of course, about Clark Kent (played by Tom Welling) before he discovers his superpowers and becomes Superman.   It’s already on its 7th season, but I’ve only watched the first season back in 2002.  As it sometimes happens to some successful shows, the second season got a little too weird for me (Think “Lost”) although I’m told that the later seasons are actually quite good.   Continue reading “CAN YOU BLAME US?” (Lk 9:22-25): 07 February 2008 (Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

“WHY SMEAR OURSELVES WITH ASHES?” (Mt 6:1-6, 16-18): 06 February 2008 (Ash Wednesday)

Ash-Wednesday-iStock_000033616418Large“WHY SMEAR OURSELVES WITH ASHES?” (Mt 6:1-6, 16-18):  06 February 2008 (Ash Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter—later made into a movie starring Demi Moore—opens with the leading character, Hester, being led to the scaffold where she is to be publicly humiliated for committing the sin of adultery.  There she is forced to wear the letter “A” on her gown at all times as a sign of her sin.  By wearing this letter, she is identified and labeled as a sinner.  By wearing this label of her sin, she is ostracized and excluded from society. Continue reading “WHY SMEAR OURSELVES WITH ASHES?” (Mt 6:1-6, 16-18): 06 February 2008 (Ash Wednesday)

“ARE WE DESPERATE FOR MIRACLES?” (Mk 5:21-43): 05 February 2008 (Tuesday)

“ARE WE DESPERATE FOR MIRACLES?” (Mk 5:21-43): 05 February 2008 (Tuesday)

Today’s Readings

Today’s Gospel reading is about desperate people—two desperate people:  One a synagogue official named Jairus; another an unnamed woman who has been ill for twelve years.  For each one of them, our Lord performs an extraordinary miracle. Continue reading “ARE WE DESPERATE FOR MIRACLES?” (Mk 5:21-43): 05 February 2008 (Tuesday)

“DOES THE DEVIL REALLY WEAR PRADA?” (Mk 5:1-20): 04 February 2008 (Monday)

“DOES THE DEVIL REALLY WEAR PRADA?” (Mk 5:1-20): 04 February 2008 (Monday)

Today’s Readings

Once in a while a movie comes along that scares the hell out of you and–at least for a while–changes your sleeping habits.  I saw one such movie back in 1973 when I was only twelve years old.  The movie was “The Exorcist,” a horror classic that usually lands on the top 5 of almost any “Scariest Movies of All Time” list you can find.  You may have seen the Director’s Cut when it was released in 2004.  Continue reading “DOES THE DEVIL REALLY WEAR PRADA?” (Mk 5:1-20): 04 February 2008 (Monday)

“WHICH PILL WILL I CHOOSE?” (Mt 5:1-12): 03 February 2008 (Sunday)

“WHICH PILL WILL I CHOOSE?” (Mt 5:1-12):  03 February 2008 (Sunday)

Today’s Readings

Believe it or not, one of the most spiritual movies I’ve seen is “The Matrix,” which came out in 1999.  Written and directed by brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, this futuristic science fiction film is filled not only with great special effects and some fascinating action sequences, but also with a lot of religious and philosophical symbolisms.  Its two sequels have managed to surpass the special effects and the box office earnings of the original, but when it comes to depth of meaning, in my opinion, they don’t even come close to the first.   Continue reading “WHICH PILL WILL I CHOOSE?” (Mt 5:1-12): 03 February 2008 (Sunday)

“HAVE MY EYES SEEN YOUR SALVATION?” (Lk 2:22-32): 02 February 2008 (Presentation of the Lord)

“HAVE MY EYES SEEN YOUR SALVATION?” (Lk 2:22-32):  02 February 2008 (Presentation of the Lord)

Today’s Readings

I first heard Jason Mraz’s “You and I Both” about three years ago.  Nothing beats a catchy tune–which this is–but it’s also a little too wordy.  The best part, however, is that  somehow it works!

It’s a love song, but it may well have been Simeon’s song when he gets to cradle the Christ Child in his arms after waiting for years for some kind of sign of the salvation of Israel.   Continue reading “HAVE MY EYES SEEN YOUR SALVATION?” (Lk 2:22-32): 02 February 2008 (Presentation of the Lord)

“CAN YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE STATIC?” (Mk 4:26-34): 01 February 2008 (Friday)

“CAN YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE STATIC?” (Mk 4:26-34):  01 February 2008 (Friday)

Today’s Readings

Hawaii-based Jack Johnson will soon release an album with a great title:  “Sleep through the Static.”  The song of the same title speaks–with a somewhat ironic tone–against war, and I think the title captures what I feel about today’s readings.  Continue reading “CAN YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE STATIC?” (Mk 4:26-34): 01 February 2008 (Friday)