Posts

Showing posts from March, 2015

DESTINY, DIGNITY, INTEGRITY

Image
Palm Sunday-Year B March 29, 2015
DESTINY, DIGNITY, INTEGRITY
I like how Dianne Bergant develops her reflection on Palm Sunday. Basing herself on the facts given by Scripture, the Lord, she says, knew what was coming, and was totally aware of what he was getting into by getting to Jerusalem.
As I write, the whole world of media, both mainstream and social, are abuzz with all news and a whole lot of speculations about the plane that, very clearly, was made to crash deliberately on the French Alps. That was a destiny that depended totally on the free and deliberate choice on the part of one who had sole control of the plane with more than 140 people on board. Without in any way engaging in cheap psycho-babble and psycho-analyzing the by now most talked about name in the world, the fact is, the destiny of that flight was something that totally depended on that man.
Today, Passion Sunday, we hear once again, the story of his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. But in the same liturgy, we hear of…

THE DAYS ARE COMING; THE HOUR HAS COME!

Image
Fifth Sunday of Lent – B March 22, 2015
THE DAYS ARE COMING; THE HOUR HAS COME!
Today is a day of hope. We are looking forward to the prophesied “days” that are “coming.” This, too, is what we did last week, Laetare Sunday, more than midway through the discipline of Lent. We were told to be glad and rejoice, despite the fasting, praying, and almsgiving (that is, if we did it!).
But today takes the promise and prophecy to a whole new, and higher, level! We are told by Jeremiah wherefore rejoice … “The days are coming, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Judah.”
I don’t know about you, folks, but I really do need a boost in the arm. I need a generous dose of Vitamin H – hope … hope that brings new enthusiasm to my waning years … hope that brings new life to a world made wan and pale by wanton criminality and acts of terrorism … here, there and everywhere.
I don’t need more of the other H – hubris and humility’s nemesis – that leads us to so many humongous challenges and proble…

FROM LOWLINESS TO LAETARE

Image
4th Sunday in Lent – B March 15, 2015
FROM LOWLINESS TO LAETARE
Today is Laetare Sunday. Midway through Lent, the Church tells us to “rejoice” (Laetare) which is a significant word in the Entrance Antiphon. Today, the processional hymn ideally ought to reflect this call to rejoice, as some kind of a break in the discipline of Lent.
The readings, as is proper of the season, are all very rich.The first reading, while referring to God’s people and their marked tendency to “mock the messengers” sent from above, also highlights the overflowing mercy of God, who raised up Cyrus, King of Persia, who liberated the Israelites from their exile in Babylon. Now, that event was a watershed moment in the history of salvation – ours, as much as that of the Israelites.
The second reading precisely develops the theme of God who is “rich in mercy.” We were all “saved by grace” and “raised up with Christ” being the “handiwork” of God.
The Gospel from John evokes images of Christ being “lifted up” for our salv…

WHAT WE PROCLAIM!

Image
3rd Sunday of Lent (B) March 8, 2015
WHAT WE PROCLAIM!
Let us begin with an assertion as blunt and as clear as that one of St. Paul: “We proclaim Christ crucified!” There, too, is an assertion apparently as clear as the foregoing, found in the first reading from Exodus 20: “You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below, or in the waters beneath the earth.” Now the Gospel passage has one more: “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
Taken apart by themselves, and taken out of context, they sure are good sound bites for anyone with an agenda. The first in the list above could make a case for those who believe that Christian life ought to be one that is meant to be sour and dour, and one in which there is no room for joy and gladness and anything that is patently “worldly.” The second is the classical passage of those who endlessly berate Catholics for “worshipping images.” The third, of course, is the favorite of those w…