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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

     ”Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.’” (Jn 6: 35-40)

     Christ has “come” down from heaven, according to the will of the Father, that we in our turn may also “come...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

If we say we have no sin (ὅτι ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ ἔχομεν), we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jn 1: 8-9)

Is “sin” all that hard to admit, before a “faithful and just” God? No, not really. Because He can and “will,” indeed, “forgive” and “cleanse” me. It’s much harder, I’d say, to burden myself with self-justification, before myself and the rest of merely-human “others” and their opinions, neither “faithful” nor “just.” 

To say that I have no “sin” (ἁμαρτία in Greek, meaning, “to miss the mark”) means to be in burdensome denial, about the “truth” of myself and others. Because, time and again, I do miss “the mark,” which is God’s specific call to me, or my “vocation,...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him…” (Mk 5: 1-6)

By the end of this well-known narrative, which is too long to quote in its entirety, our Lord will have commanded the “legion” of demons that had possessed the man into a herd of swine, which prompt...

Monday, July 25, 2016

“’I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I testify/bear witness (μαρτυρῶ) about myself, my testimony/witness (μαρτυρία) is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true.’” (Jn 5: 30-32)

Here my Lord clarifies a vital aspect of the puzzling phenomena known as God’s “will” and human “will.” Our Triune God’s “will” does not “do” anything in Self-isolation, but only in harmony with Others. Christ reveals to us this purpose of “will,” with which we are also endowed: We are given this divine energy not, as I often do, to exercise it in self-isolation, but to step out of ourselves into harmony with Another and others. Because a misdirection...

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