Love your enemy? Lend without expecting repayment??? Judge not and you will not be judged? Condemn not and you will not be condemned? Jesus, can we talk???
Matthew’s gospel pictures Jesus ascending the mountain to speak to his disciples. “Seeing the crowds, he went up the mountain and his disciples came to him. He opened his mouth and taught them saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Luke, on the other hand, places Jesus on a broad plain in the midst of […]
Here’s my story and interpretation of Luke 5. And I’m sticking to it.
What did Jesus do or say in the synagogue to his neighbors that they would take him to the edge of the hill to push him over? Let’s consider…
I’d like to catch up (since I’ve been on the road for the past 5 weeks) with brief reviews of Luke’s gospel and how it begins to illustrate for us the “playing field” of encounter with Jesus and his teachings. Jesus entered the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth and read the passage from […]
As of this afternoon, John Foley, SJ, Bob Dufford, SJ, Dan Schutte, Roc O’Connor, SJ, and Tim Manion have agreed to gather in St. Louis for one last concert to celebrate our association over these past decades. Tom Kavanaugh & Roc will produce the concert whose date has yet to be determined. Tom, along […]
Happy New Year to you all! And, since it is still the Christmas season (AHEM!), even though we’re constantly told it was over the day after Christmas sales ended, Merry Christmas! I was delighted to be asked to preside at the midnight Mass for the School Sisters of St. Francis (at 6:30 pm!). And wish to […]
This is not your grandmother’s version of the Messiah by G.F. Handel in any way, shape, or form. Here’s what one person wrote to describe the context set by the stage version: “There’s basically a businessman whose wife is cheating on him with his older brother. Also, his younger brother is a drug-addict pariah. One […]
Today is the feast of St. John of the Cross, a marvelous saint and doctor of the church. His form of mystical prayer seems to have more in common with those in the apophatic way. That is, he walked the path of refusing any image of God. As such, he differed dramatically from St. Ignatius of Loyola who embraced […]
There are two seasons in the midwest – winter and road construction. Road construction, like the one pictured above (near my new office), is horribly inconvenient… until it’s over, then it’s smooth sailing, as it were. And this pretty much what Sunday’s gospel addresses at several levels… Luke 3:5f “Every valley […]