In this week’s Gospel, Jesus asks a pretty strong question: “Who do you say that I am?” This is a fantastic question for us to ask ourselves…if we are known as active Catholics by our friends and family, who do we say Jesus Christ is?
...in the way we speak? Too often our words are dipped in the poison of sarcasm, complaint, envy, or anger. We must drench our words in affirmation, optimism, gratitude, and love.
...in the way we speak up? Many of us live in fear of what might offend another. We try not to mention our faith, morals or politics. We must speak lovingly AND boldly the truth because souls are at stake.
...in the way we spend our time? I would venture to say 90% of us have spent more time on our phones, computers and televisions than in our Bibles over the past seven days. We must spend time with someone in order to know them profoundly. This is most true with Jesus Christ.READ MORE
This week, I want to address a group with short attention spans: people who leave Mass early. The challenge is obvious - getting a group with such a short attention span to read the article. How about a splashy headline, a top ten list, and pictures?READ MORE
I had a great conversation with a tremendous woman of God a few weeks ago. The topic is a tricky one: modesty at Mass. There are three very important points to remember...
1. Modesty is important. We know that we are about to join together in God’s house. How would you dress if you were going to meet President Trump, have lunch with Tom Hanks, play a round of golf with Larry Fitzgerald, or have an audience with Pope Francis? I’m guessing no short shorts. No muscle shirts. Nothing off the shoulder. No ripped jeans. As Catholics, we know when we attend Mass, we are coming to spend time with Jesus Christ in the flesh! Should we place any less emphasis on our attire? We have no excuses.READ MORE
This weekend’s Gospel is the recounting of an amazing theophany (an appearance of God). It is the theophany where the Trinity is revealed. Not only do we see the divinity of Jesus (the Son) is unleashed full Glory, but there is a bright cloud (the Holy Spirit) and a voice that says, “This is My beloved Son…” (the Father).
St. Thomas Aquinas has some great thoughts on this in Summa Theologica III, Q. 45, Art. 4 if you are interested, but I want to focus on the fact that God often appears in high places. I point you to Exodus 33 and 34 where God appears to Moses. You can also see God appearing to Elijah in 1 Kings 19.READ MORE