LONG-DISTANCE HEALING

This homily was delivered on 31 March 2014 on John 4:43-54.miracle39[1]

While this Gospel story transpires after our Lord’s encounter with the Samaritan woman, I can’t help but read this in the context of yesterday’s gospel on the healing of the blind man. Continue reading LONG-DISTANCE HEALING

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BEYOND HAPPY ENDINGS

jesus_healing_blindThis reflection is on the healing of the blind man in John 9:1-41.

There is something awesome, strange, and sad about this story of our Lord’s  healing of the blind man. It’s a very special miracle for a couple of reasons.

First of all, it is one of our Lord’s most astonishing healing miracle. The man had been born blind, so this was a most important moment in this one person’s life–someone who had never seen anything all his life, who probably did not even have a grasp of the concept of colors, and now for the very first time, was going to see! Continue reading BEYOND HAPPY ENDINGS

LEARNING FROM PHARISEES AND PUBLICANS

pharisaeer-und-zoellner-grThis homily was delivered on 29 March 2014 based on Luke 18:9-14.

We’re all familiar with this short and simple parable of the Pharisee and Publican. Listening to the parable, we get the feeling that we’ve met these characters before. It’s not just because we’ve actually heard this parable many times, but also because both the Pharisee and the Publican have made their appearances in other Gospel passages–though in different guises.

There is the Parable of the Lost Son, which seems like a straightforward enough parable about God’s mercy until the understandably resentful–and also understandably self-righteous–elder brother shows up in the end, refusing to join his brother’s welcome party, and in the process, revealing the Pharisee inside him. Continue reading LEARNING FROM PHARISEES AND PUBLICANS

WASHING FEET + CLEANSING TEMPLES: Online Holy Week Retreat 2014

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WASHING FEET + CLEANSING TEMPLES: Two significant actions performed by our Lord before His Passion and Death.

What can they mean for us who will be entering into the mysteries of Holy Week? Do they have something more to teach us about ourselves, our lives, our Lord?

Join us for a three-day online Holy Week retreat from Holy Thursday (April 17) to Black Saturday (April 19). All you need is about half an hour to an hour each day. Spread the word.

INTERIOR DESIGNS

This reflection on Luke 1:26-38 was made on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Arrange-Furniture-More-Easily-Create-a-scale-drawI moved into my new room the other day and took pains in planning how to arrange its furniture. I thought to myself: “I’m going to spend a lot of time here this year, so I may as well design this space carefully.” It took me a couple of days moving and rearranging the furniture. Once satisfied with the lay-out, I capped my chore by vacuuming my new sanctuary and work space, optimistic and eager to settle in. Continue reading INTERIOR DESIGNS

WORRY NOT

textThis homily was delivered on March 2, 2014 at Mary the Queen Parish.

These days I’ve been quite fascinated by this so-called text or chat language. I’m referring to all these acronyms and abbreviations that young people seem to be using all the time when they message each other on their phone and on the Internet. It’s an ever-growing, ever-evolving language, and it’s really not easy keeping up with some of the new stuff that’s coming out.

For example, many of us probably know that LOL stands for “Laughing Out Loud,” but did you know what A-LOL means? It means “Actually Laughing Out Loud.” I didn’t know that either! Continue reading WORRY NOT