The other day, beads of sweat dripped from my elbow when I finished my morning run. The sheer joy of it moved me to compose this little rhapsody:
Come, long hot Washington summer!
Come and enfold your people in your torrid embrace.
We will take every sweaty minute of your grimy kiss.
We hardly know ourselves without your bleary fog surrounding us.
Come and wrap us in your dank blanket!
…Here is a Trinity Sunday homily for you:
Lord, what is man that you care for him? Mortal man, that you keep him in mind? Yet You have made him little less than a god. (Psalm Eight)
In Sacred Scripture, the Wisdom of God testifies that He brought about the making of all things with the Almighty Father:
When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then was I beside him as his craftsman. (Proverbs 8:27-30)
This is the Word of God speaking, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. All three Persons of the Trinity brought about creation. Of all the works of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the greatest is man. Divine Wisdom says, “I found delight in the human race.” The Lord crowned the world by making us “with glory and honor, putting all things under our feet” (Psalm Eight).
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A year ago tonight, my first pastor died suddenly. May he rest in peace. Five years ago tomorrow, Pope John Paul II died.
Here is a Holy Thursday homily:
At the Last Supper, the Lord Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and gave thanks and praise to the Father.
The Father made us; He cares for us at every moment. Let’s recall some things the Lord Jesus taught us about the Father:
Consider the ravens. They neither sow nor reap, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Of how much more value are you than they?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. But even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass of the field, will he not much more clothe you?
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s will. You are of more value than many sparrows. All the hairs on your head are numbered.
To get home to this heavenly Father Who made us and cares for us—that is the goal of our lives. God is the source, the sustenance, and the purpose of life. He is the most real thing in our lives. God is the all in all.
But guess what? Right now, God is invisible.
Continue reading “The Hour”
A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them…(Luke 15:11 and following)
Did you know that there is also a Buddhist parable of the Prodigal Son?
Let’s compare the parable of Buddha with our beloved parable of Christ.
In the Buddhist parable, there is only one son. The son departs from the father’s house, but he does not take any money with him when he goes.
In the Lord Jesus’ parable, the wealthy father gives his younger son his inheritance, even though the son has no right to it until the father’s demise.
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1. When it really counted, USA hockey lost to Canada.
2. The Hoyas are on a late-season slide, and Austin Freeman is sick as a dog.
3. Very strange things are going to start happening at D.C. Superior Court tomorrow.
4. It is still nowhere near 70 degrees…
March has arrived like an ill-tempered goat.
This situation calls for an exegetical discourse! In honor of the Year of the Priest!
“Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9)
Continue reading ““Call no man on earth your father.””