“WHY DO WE CAST STONES?” (Jn 10:31-42): 14 March 2008 (Friday)

“WHY DO WE CAST STONES?” (Jn 10:31-42): 14 March 2008 (Friday)

Today’s Readings

A couple of days ago I got an email from a friend who, as she sometimes does, provided a link and suggested that I check out this clip from YouTube.  The clip turned out to be an interview segment of a recent local beauty pageant.  Apparently, the incident has been receiving a lot of attention the past days.

Eager for a good laugh, I clicked on the YouTube link, and there they were–over ten clips of the same single notorious incident had been uploaded!  One of them, in fact, already received over 700,000 hits. Continue reading “WHY DO WE CAST STONES?” (Jn 10:31-42): 14 March 2008 (Friday)

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“HAVE I SENT YOU INTO HIDING?” (Jn 8:51-59): 13 March 2008 (Thursday)

“HAVE I SENT YOU INTO HIDING?” (Jn 8:51-59):  13 March 2008 (Thursday)

Today’s Readings

A strange and disturbing thing happens in the gospel account today. Jesus is speaking to the Jews and tells them what they don’t want to hear: that because they don’t keep his word, they will see death. Of course, the Jews aren’t exactly flattered by this. But when the Lord puts himself on equal footing with God and once again uses God’s name as he refers to himself as “I AM” (“Yahweh”), all hell breaks loose. The Jews pick up stones to throw at him, forcing the Lord to go into hiding. Continue reading “HAVE I SENT YOU INTO HIDING?” (Jn 8:51-59): 13 March 2008 (Thursday)

“DO I MAKE ROOM FOR YOU?” (Jn 8:31-42): 12 March 2008 (Wednesday)

“DO I MAKE ROOM FOR YOU?” (Jn 8:31-42):  12 March 2008 (Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

C.S. Lewis of the “Narnia” fame wrote a different kind of book that he called The Screwtape Letters.  The protagonist is called Screwtape, a middle-level demon in Hell, who writes a series of letters to his nephew, a novice demon named Wormwood. In his letters, the elder demon dishes out all sorts of advice to train his nephew on the art of tempting and corrupting a human soul.  He has a lot of experiences, and as expected, he is quite capable of boasting about his conquests. Continue reading “DO I MAKE ROOM FOR YOU?” (Jn 8:31-42): 12 March 2008 (Wednesday)

“CAN I READ BETWEEN THE LINES?” (Jn 8:21-30): 11 March 2008 (Tuesday)

“CAN I READ BETWEEN THE LINES?” (Jn 8:21-30):  11 March 2008 (Tuesday)

Today’s Readings

Back in 1997, Edwin McCain released an album, for which he gave an interesting title:  “Misguided Roses.”  The only hit from that album is “I’ll Be,” a love anthem–if there is ever one–where the singer confesses his near-desperate love for his beloved and virtually promises heaven and earth.  The refrain goes: Continue reading “CAN I READ BETWEEN THE LINES?” (Jn 8:21-30): 11 March 2008 (Tuesday)

“WILL MY DEMONS WALK AWAY?” (Jn 8:1-11): 10 March 2008 (Monday)

“WILL MY DEMONS WALK AWAY?”  (Jn 8:1-11): 10 March 2008 (Monday)

Today’s Readings

There is a moving scene in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” where after the scourging, Mary the mother of our Lord and Mary Magdalene fall on their knees on the blood-soaked floor to save whatever blood of Jesus they can save.  As she does so, Mary Magdalene tearfully remembers her very first encounter with Jesus when she was also down on the floor.  In that first encounter, recounted in today’s gospel reading, she has been caught in the act of adultery and is dragged to the public square for stoning. Continue reading “WILL MY DEMONS WALK AWAY?” (Jn 8:1-11): 10 March 2008 (Monday)

“WHERE WERE YOU?” (Jn 11:1-45): 09 March 2008 (5th Sunday of Lent)

“WHERE WERE YOU?” (Jn 11:1-45):  09 March 2008 (5th Sunday of Lent)

Today’s Readings

Whenever I read this gospel passage at wakes, the one line that always strikes me is Martha’s words to Jesus, which her sister Mary repeats later on:  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  Looking around a roomful of grieving faces, I can’t help but feel that they who mourn the passing of their loved ones have the same words for the Lord:  “Lord, if you had been here, my loved one would not have died!” Continue reading “WHERE WERE YOU?” (Jn 11:1-45): 09 March 2008 (5th Sunday of Lent)

“CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME OUT OF GALILEE?” (Jn 7:40-53): 08 March 2008 (Saturday)

“CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME OUT OF GALILEE?” (Jn 7:40-53):  08 March 2008 (Saturday)

Today’s Readings

When I was a shy and skinny six-year old kid in Kindergarten, my teacher had this brilliant idea of putting up a play called “Prince Charming and Cinderella”–in Mandarin!  Thankfully, no dialogue had to be memorized since all the lines had been pre-recorded.  All we kids had to do was run around and pretend we were speaking the lines (Think “Meteor Garden” or “Jewel in the Palace” and you get the picture). Continue reading “CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME OUT OF GALILEE?” (Jn 7:40-53): 08 March 2008 (Saturday)

“MUST YOU GO ABOUT IN SECRET?” (Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30): 07 March 2008 (Friday)

“MUST YOU GO ABOUT IN SECRET?” (Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30):  07 March 2008 (Friday)

 

Today’s Readings

How ironic that in today’s reading, to celebrate a feast, our Lord had to go “not openly, but as it were, in secret.”  It’s of course understandable since the Jews were out to kill him, but when we think about it, it’s true even today.  Even today, thousands of years after his death and resurrection, the Lord continues to go about in secret. Continue reading “MUST YOU GO ABOUT IN SECRET?” (Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30): 07 March 2008 (Friday)

“CAN I BE A SHINING LAMP FOR YOU?” (Jn 5:31-47): 06 March 2008 (Thursday)

“CAN I BE A SHINING LAMP FOR YOU?” (Jn 5:31-47):  06 March 2008 (Thursday)

Today’s Readings

The Lord gives a long speech in today’s gospel, as he typically does in John’s gospel, but one line leapt out of the screen when I read it (I was reading the passage from an online Bible).  Referring to John the Baptist, he says, “He was a burning and shining lamp.”

My first thought:  Can I be the same?  I know my shortcomings and my sinfulness, but for some reason, I felt the question from inside me:  “Can I also be a burning and shining lamp?” Continue reading “CAN I BE A SHINING LAMP FOR YOU?” (Jn 5:31-47): 06 March 2008 (Thursday)

‘WHY CAN’T IT ALWAYS BE SO GOOD?’ (Jn 5:17-30): 05 March 2008 (Wednesday)

‘WHY CAN’T IT ALWAYS BE SO GOOD?’ (Jn 5:17-30):  05 March 2008 (Wednesday)

Today’s Readings

One of the first hits of the band Lighthouse Family is “Lost in Space”–an obvious love song where the singer typically  waxes poetry about his beloved.  I don’t know if it’s some of the lines in the song (“How will I ever get to Heaven without you?”) or the title of the album (“Postcards from Heaven”) or even the music video (which features the giant statue of Christ, arms outstretched over Sao Paolo), but for some reason, I’ve always attached a religious or spiritual meaning to this song. Continue reading ‘WHY CAN’T IT ALWAYS BE SO GOOD?’ (Jn 5:17-30): 05 March 2008 (Wednesday)