IS YOUR LIFE ON eBAY?

This homily is based on John 2:13-25 for the Third Sunday of Lent.

imageI’ve never been a user of eBay, but I’m fascinated by how it exemplifies the way technology is changing a lot of things in our lives–in this case, the way we buy and sell.

Think about it: If you have anything you’d like to sell–whether new or secondhand–you can do it without leaving the comfort of your living room. Gone are the days of door-to-door salesmanship! All you have to do is post the item online, indicate your asking price, and wait for buyers. If you wish, you can even conduct an online auction and go for the highest online bidder.

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TWO TAKES ON the TRINITY

This reflection was made on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, based on John 3:16-18.

rublev-trinity-iconSomeone emailed me a couple of articles written by Fr. Peter Knauer, a German Jesuit philosopher and theologian. He writes about the mystery of God–how what we know about God, whether from reason or even from revelation, is much, much less than what we don’t know about Him.

This is a common insight among mystics–those people among us who have been blessed with such an intense prayer life that they have acquired an intimate knowledge of God. From them we would expect a great familiarity with God. But their consensus has been that the closer they get to approach God, they sense, more than ever, their own sinfulness. More than that, the more they get to know God, the more they realize they know so little about Him. The reason is that God is simply that holy and that infinite; His ways are just way beyond us!

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LAST FOOTPRINTS

This reflection on the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord is based on Matthew 28:16-20.

There is a special slab of stone found in the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. That rock has been revered by Christians for centuries since it is believed to bear the right footprint of our Lord right before he ascended to heaven (the half bearing the left is housed in a mosque). Hence, its name: the Ascension Rock.

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THE ART OF CONSOLING

This homily is based on John 14:15-21.

I grew up in my father’s movie house, where I spent most of my childhood. It was there that I lost him: I was no more than 10, and when my father died, my childhood ended quite unceremoniously. I was already an adult when I lost my mother, but having been traumatized as a child by my father’s death, I had winced often enough at the prospect of being completely orphaned that when it finally happened, I was mostly numb.

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF GOD’S HEART

This Sunday reflection is based on John 14:1-12.

Today’s Gospel passage is a veritable treasure trove of quotable quotes. Our Lord speaks many unforgettably powerful words here. Among the many great lines in the passage, what I find most striking today is the architecture of God’s heart that our Lord Jesus describes. “In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places,” Jesus assures his disciples.

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