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Friday, May 26, 2017

“’Let not your heart(s) be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms/dwelling-places (μοναὶ πολλαί); if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you (ὅτι πορεύομαι ἑτοιμάσαι τόπον ὑμῖν;)? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me…’” (Jn 14: 1-6)

In Christ, nobody is excluded. He prepares a “place” for all of us, even the misfits. This is because in Him, all of humanity is taken on and redeemed, regardless of social s...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ The Pharisees then said to him, ‘You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh…’” (Jn 8: 12-15)

What kind of “light” is Christ talking about? His kind. It is His divine, illuminating “testimony” or word to us, which gives me a proper perspective or “judgment.” Communion with Christ allows me to know “where I have come from” and “where I am going,” in His light. It often liberates me from merely-human, delusio...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

And in the synagogues immediately he (Saul) proclaimed Jesus, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’ And all who heard him were shocked, and said, ‘Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called on this name? And he has come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests.’ But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night, to kill him; but his disciples took him by night and let him down over the wall, lowering him in a basket. And when he had come to Jerusalem he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did...

Monday, April 24, 2017

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not be of anxious mind (καὶ μὴ μετεωρίζεσθε)...“ (Lk 12: 29)

The Greek expression used here for “do not be anxious of mind“ (μὴ μετεωρίζεσθε, me meteor-izesthe) literally means “do not float in mid-air,“ or be raised up and carried to and fro (like a meteor)! In other words, – Be grounded, Jesus is saying, in your here and now. It is a vital message for me in our Internet Age, when “virtual reality“ online carries me to and fro, from story to story. And can also distract me from my “vocation,“ which, among other things, brings me my “daily bread,“ or “what (I am) to eat drink,“ in the sense of both physical and spiritual nourishment.

I started thinking about this passage after listening, just last night, to Tom W...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show people (τοῖς ἀνθρώποις) that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear as fasting to people (τοῖς ἀνθρώποις), but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt 6: 16-21)

Fasting is good for me, no doubt about it. It is good for...

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