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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.” (Mt 10: 32-36)

     Christ does not force us to be “His”; that is to say, to “acknowledge” Him for Who He is, – our One-and-Only Lord and ultimate authority. We are free, so we can alternatively hand ourselves over to “others,” or “another,” be it another person or idea or thing, or our own self-will (i.e., someone/some...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

     “Why have the heathen raged, and the peoples meditated on empty things? The kings of the earth were raised up, and the rulers were assembled together, against the Lord, and against His Christ. Let us break their bonds asunder, and let us cast away their yoke from us. He that dwells in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn and the Lord shall deride them.” (Ps 2: 1-4, Septuagint-translation)

     Let me be both consoled and liberated by this “radical” Psalm, whenever I am confronted with particularly disturbing news-stories about the policies and decisions of our political leaders, who sometimes pander to those who “rage” about, and “meditate” upon, “empty things.” …As is the case in the present-day crisis of immigration-policy, when “empty things,” like the political agenda of...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mt 10: 34-39)

What kind of “sword” is our merciful Lord talking about here? The kind that slashed the ropes with which children were tied to beds in Perris, California. And what kind of “peace” does He “not” bring? The in...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

“While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’” (Mt 12:46-50)

 

Jesus has a loving mother and other close relatives, but He nonetheless doesn’t abandon the people to whom He is ministering at this moment, while “still speaking to the crowds,” to rush off and greet His immediate family. Why not?

Here Christ is warning against familial exclusivity; that is, the typ...

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