HOW DO YOU MOTHER GOD?

This homily is based on Luke 2:16-21 on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

How do you mother God? Philosophers would be quick to point out that the question makes no sense. God would have no need for a mother: If God is infinite, He would have no beginning. And if He is all-powerful, He wouldn’t require anyone to nurse Him or raise Him.

Except, of course, that for us Christians, God decided to become human. And He didn’t just show up on the face of the earth as a self-reliant grown-up. God opted to go through the entire tedious process of becoming human so that He emerged in our world in much  the same way each one of us does–as a helpless baby dependent on and in need of a mother.

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THE BUSIEST ANGEL OF CHRISTMAS

4167478132_5664872fca_bThis homily, based on Luke 1:26-38, was delivered at the English Martyrs’ Parish.

There is one character who has worked very hard behind the scenes for Christmas. We hear about this character during Advent, and he shows up at least a couple more times at Christmas, but given all the many things going on at Christmas, we understandably don’t get to shine the spotlight too often on him. I am, of course, referring to the angel Gabriel. Continue reading THE BUSIEST ANGEL OF CHRISTMAS

THE WAKING DEAD

240942This reflection is on John 11:1-45.

For some time now, I’ve been hooked on the TV series “The Walking Dead.” It’s a secret guilty pleasure that I’ve indulged myself in, having watched all its four seasons now. “The Walking Dead,” of course, are the zombies, euphemistically nicknamed “walkers”  in the series for their peculiar gait. The show is filled with those half-decaying ex-humans who awaken from their death and live on human flesh, in the process, infecting others to “turn”–yet another euphemism for becoming zombies.

However, as the plot thickens (and sickens!), one begins to wonder if the term “walking dead” refers less to those mindless zombies and more to those desperately trying to survive the apocalypse by resorting to every possible–not always humane–resort. Continue reading THE WAKING DEAD

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