GHOST MONTH

jesus1This reflection is based on Matthew 7:1-23.

When the Pharisees saw the disciples of Jesus eating with unwashed hands, they were scandalized. For the washing of hands was an important ritual for the Jews. Our Lord answered them by quoting the prophet Isaiah:

This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.

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A QUESTION FOR ALL SEASONS

peter and jesusThis reflection is based on John 6:60-69.

Our gospel story has what I consider two of the most poignant questions in the entire Bible. Our Lord has just talked about one of his most controversial teachings: That we need to eat his flesh and drink his blood. Indeed a “shocking” teaching, a saying that is “hard to accept.” As he watches his followers depart, one by one, he turns to the Twelve and asks, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter’s response on behalf of the Twelve is also a question: “To whom shall we go?”

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HUNGER IN A TIME OF ABUNDANCE

bread-of-lifeThis homily is based on John 6:24-35.

Our Gospel today is literally good news. Our Lord makes us an important promise: “Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Jesus is not talking about physical hunger or physical thirst, obviously. Rather, he is referring to an existential hunger and thirst, that profound need that we occasionally sense in ourselves, a space that nothing the world offers can ever fill. Continue reading HUNGER IN A TIME OF ABUNDANCE