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Our Intimate Life in God

Jun
16

"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them" (John 6:55).

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Earthen Vessels

Jun
15

"We hold this treasure in earthen vessels" (2 4:7).

In another life I taught high school theology in Texas.  I had a senior student who had read beyond his years and thought about the dilemmas and ironies of life in ways that taught me more than I taught him.

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Glory to Glory

Jun
14

"All of us. gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory" (2 Cor 3:18).

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The New Law of Love

Jun
13

"I have not come to abolish but to fulfill" (Matt 5:17).

In his letters to the community at Corinth, St. Paul describes the transition from the old Law of conformity to the rules to the new law of grace, which enables us to be good because it is our nature perfected in Christ. If Lawgiver Moses' face was so brilliant that the people could not look directly at him, how much brighter is the face of love that frees us from fear to live in the freedom of the children of God? The first law was written on tablets of stone, the new law is written on our hearts. 

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Perfect Joy

Jun
12

"You are the salt of the earth" (Matt 13:5).

Salt and light are so basic that we hardly notice them. We take them for granted as they enable us to live and work, or bring savor and quality to life in so pervasive a way.  We remember the content of a conversation or activity, but do not notice how its tone and energy was seasoned with humor and affection. Our relationships are brightened by love or filled with shadows created by doubt or suspicion.

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The Way

Jun
11

"As Christ's sufferings overflow in us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow" (2 Cor 1:5). 

Paul's letter to the churches were in circulation a decade or more when Mark wrote his Gospel. All four Gospels show the influences of Paul's idea that all baptized members of the body of Christ got to share in the suffering and glory of the Risen Jesus. This spiritual formation was called the Paschal Mystery. We die with him in order to rise with him. 

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God With Us

Jun
10

"If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company" (Exodus 34:8). 

We approach the mystery of the Trinity by keeping in mind that everything we know about God we have learned from Jesus. He is our point of entry into the unfathomable question of who God is and who we are. 

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Encounter

Jun
08

"The Lord keeps faith forever" (Psalm 146).

Todays's short gospel seems to reflect some the of theological questions being argued in the generation of early Christians with their Jewish protagonists. According to the scriptures, the messiah, God's anointed one, was to be a descendant of King David. Yet this Christ figure, as identified with Jesus, is proclaimed as Lord. How can he be both Lord and a descendant of David? 

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Jewish Jesus

Jun
08

"You are not far from the Kingdom of God" (Mark 12:34).

In today's Gospel we see why the Sh'ma, the prayer said daily by Jesus and all Jews, was regarded as the First Commandment that encompassed all other commandments of the Law.  

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