30th Sunday Ordinary Time, the Kenotic Christ, and Niagara Falls

My next writing project deals with 1) charting the inner life of worshipers which manifests in our unseen tendency to domesticate God; and 2) how engagement in the gestures, words, symbols, and actions of the Mass might locate us in our resistance to the Mystery as the very way of encountering the kenotic Trinity. Something like […]

30th Sunday Ordinary Time and the Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy…

I’m fascinated by this video because of the way it talks about the unknown and unseen: “At the heart of our Milky Way… lies a trap door to eternity – a supermassive black hole. Or, at least astronomers think it’s there… ‘the dark monster’… ‘the black hole’s bottomless gullet’… ‘doomed gasses swirling inward’… ‘the tombstone […]

30th Sunday Ordinary Time & Feast of St. Narcissus – coincidence? Or…?

St. Narcissus of Jerusalem is the patron saint who wards off insect bites. Hmmm. In our post-Freudian times, I turn to him as the patron of those of us who are egotistical, self-centered, and vain. Our numbers are legion. On this Monday after the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, let’s take a moment to consider […]

29th Sunday Ordinary Time – Drink of this Cup…

The Greek, poterion, “Cup” (not chalice), appears only four times in Mark. Stunning and telling instances. Witness! Mark 10:38–39            But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized […]

29th Sunday Ordinary Time – Jesus Came not to Be Served, but…

OK, this part is very odd, very curious. And I don’t know what to make of it. You be the judge… Jesus came NOT to be served but to serve, right? That’s what Sunday’s gospel said. Mark 10:42            So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the […]

29th Sunday Ordinary Time -Where Does this Path Lead?

The Path Jesus prescribes leads to total love of God and love of neighbor. Witness: Mark 12:28–31            One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, […]

29th Sunday Ordinary Time – What Do You Want? Really?

Again with the Two Paths… Mark sees the disciples and all of us caught up in the world of folly. And Jesus comes presenting another Way and we balk, we become confused – aren’t we doing it right? – we feel threatened, we stonewall, we… I want to feel secure. I want to feel admired. […]

28th Sunday Ordinary Time – MINE!!!!

   MINE!!! Don’t mess with my stuff!!! Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had […]

28th Sunday Ordinary Time – What do you give the Man Who Has Everything? Nothingness…

“One thing you lack. Go, sell what you have and give to the poor and then follow me.” Are you out of your mind!!!!! Let’s look into LACK. The Greek, hustereo, can be translated, “to want, to be in need, to tarry or lag behind.” LACK: Jesus makes a connection between trusting God totally and our inner poverty, […]

28th Sunday Ordinary Time – Define “Rich”

Well, I’ll take a shot at defining riches. Actually, no. Matthew, Mark, and Luke highlight greed for riches as the issue. May I add: Greed has everything to do with emptiness. At least for me. And riches follow. “Never enough! Never enough! Never enough!”  Are all rich people greedy? Are they lonely? Ask them (Ask […]

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