Category Archives: The mystery of suffering

the most consoling words

Today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  It is a day in which we remember that the Cross of Jesus is the great sign of our salvation.  Our Gospel reading, John 3:13-17, offers us some of … Continue reading

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the cost of discipleship

Some time ago, I was invited to give a talk on the fundamentals of Christianity.  I stood at the entrance to the auditorium greeting participants.  One woman said to me in passing: “I hope that you’re not going to spend time … Continue reading

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Do you wish to follow Jesus?

Do I wish to follow Jesus? Do you wish to follow Jesus? Jesus does not want half-hearted followers or those who have multiple allegiances.  Jesus wants total commitment, and He wants it on His terms.  We read in today’s Gospel, … Continue reading

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Go then …

Today’s Gospel, Matthew 8:28-34, is a strange one.  Jesus encounters two savage demoniacs coming from the tombs who meet Him and challenge Him:  “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before … Continue reading

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sobering words!

In today’s Gospel, John 15:18-21, Jesus says to His disciples, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to … Continue reading

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