No, Really, Glory to God Alone!

Christ is risen! (only a few more days until our greeting changes to “Christ is Ascended!”) Today is a particularly special day for your writer in that today we remember St. Barnabas of the Seventy. St. Barnabas was the missionary companion of the Apostle Paul and actually introduced the converted persecutor of the Church to the 12 in Jerusalem. Today’s Epistle reading says: “IN THOSE DAYS, those apostles who were scattered because…

Autopilot OFF

Christ is risen! A life of faith never grows and matures on “automatic pilot.” The constant call of the liturgy, the fathers, and the faith to “give attention” is no accident, but the well travelled path of experience in how easy it is for a man to forget himself if he doesn’t pay attention to his internal journey. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he…

I can see clearly now…

Christ is risen! Listen to our Lord Jesus respond to the demand of the crowd that He speak plainly to them and tell them if He is the Christ or not: “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me…” (see John 10:17-28) My grandmother once told me an old saying she had heard from her mother: “Your actions…

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Believing is Seeing

Christ is risen! The old saying is “Seeing is believing.” But through the centuries wise men have concluded that sometimes “Believing is seeing!” The Blessed Augustine declared “Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” What is it about believing before you see that makes a life of faith possible? Our Lord Jesus speaks plainly to us all in today’s Gospel lesson when He…

There is none so Blind…

Christ is risen! There is a saying of Jesus recorded in both Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospel: “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:13-14 and Luke 6:39-40) As we move toward the Sunday of the Blind Man, we will see the daily scripture readings offered to us by the lectionary of the Church focus our sight on overcoming blindness of soul. Today is no…

What Hinders You?

Christ is risen! Notice what our Lord Jesus says in today’s Gospel reading: The Lord said to the Jews who came to him, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. (St. John 8:42…

Hey, I saw what you did!

Christ is risen! A few years ago a book came out titled “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” The book attempted to tackle some of the more difficult passages attributed to Christ in His earthly ministry. You know, sayings like “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” (St. Luke 14:26)…

ALL BY MYSELF (Don’t Want to Be…)

Christ is risen! “All by myself, don’t want to be all by myself anymore…” So sang Eric Carmen in 1975. The song was loosely based on the second movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. It tells the story of a young man all alone as he is stood up at the altar on his wedding day. It grips with telling power the sadness of being alone. And this…

The Fire of Love

Christ is risen! Today, what is the regular rhythm of your life? Looking at your daily routine, what does it teach you about your “habit” of prayer and devotion? The questions are not meant to bring shame or confrontation, but revelation. St. Basil, called by the Church the “Minstrel of the Holy Trinity,” taught that to know God one must get to know one’s self without falling into the trap of self-centeredness.…