Spiritual Reflections: When Jesus interpreted the Mosaic Law, he refused to get lost in juridical minutiae but went to the heart of the matter. Fulfillment of the law is simply a question of love.
Spiritual Reflections: Readings for February 5, 2017, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Spiritual Reflections: People of faith only change their behavior when they personally see a need to change, not when they're ordered to do so.
Spiritual Reflections: Readings for January 22, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Spiritual Reflections: Readings for January 15, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Spiritual Reflections: If you think that hearing another part of the Christmas story as late as Jan. 8 is stretching it out too much, just imagine what those Magi felt.
Spiritual Reflections: If you are presiding at the liturgy on Jan. 1, try this: Ask the assembly what we are celebrating today. Most people will look at you as if you just emerged from hibernation.
Spiritual Reflections: The Gospel of Christmas invites us to reexamine our expectations. Where do we seek God? For thousands of years, God has been in the habit of appearing among us in the most unobtrusive ways.
Spiritual Reflections: There's a real danger to sung prayer in the Advent season. Beautiful music can lead us to sing petitions that we might not let so easily pass our lips if we had considered the implications.
We tend to think that the trial of Jesus happened only at the end of his life, before the rulers of the people, Pilate and Herod. In reality, Jesus was on trial for the entirety of his earthly mission. Every time he did or said something, it raised implicit questions, like, "Who does he think he is?" and "Is this the one to come?" Response to those questions depended on two basic sources for discernment: the religious tradition of Israel and the openness of each individual to accept or reject the challenge of Jesus' person and message.