Thoughts on the Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Come, Lord Jesus

  “From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
"Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand
                                                       Matthew 4:17        It is not possible to know what Galileans thought of heaven or how deeply the Hellenistic cosmography which saw the earth as nestled at the center of seven spheres had penetrated the Jerusalem Judaism familiar to Matthew; Paul does speak of being caught up to the third heaven (II Corinthians 12:2).    We can know that in the Hebrew Scriptures as in the New Testament Heaven is the dwelling place of ...
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Fasting, Feasting, and Festivity

Presented at Text & Talk with Dr Patrick - Saturday, 18 December 2021 Fasting is about disciplining our appetites, and especially about offering such discipline as a sacrifice to God, an action that at the same time purifies the heart ...
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He Will Return

  Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, 
and on earth nations will be in dismay, 
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright 
in anticipation of what ...
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Blood Offered

"Brothers:
Every priest stands daily at His ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins,
and took His seat forever at the right hand of God."

Hebrews 10: 11-12 ...
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2021 Lewis Tolkien Dinner

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Heart Trouble

"Hear me, all of you and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.

"From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity theft, ...
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The Prophetic Voice

“We aspire to please Him, for we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.” -- II Corinthians 5: 8-10 In ...
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Bishops’ Dilemma

  This note is about what might seem to be a Catholic problem.  In fact it is everyman’s problem, for it involves deep questions about the natural law and human agency and integrity.        For the first one ...
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Fathers and Children

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called children of God.
Yet so we are.

I John 3:1 For much of the last century fatherhood has been an  endangered vocation. In the popular culture of the twenty-first ...
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