April 23, 2019

It’s a strange thing. When Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others referred to those killed by terrorist bombs in Sri Lanka as “Easter worshipers,” some people became more concerned with the words “Easter worshipers” than they are with the attack itself. They have shown themselves to be more interested in making a political attack against Obama and Clinton than showing sympathy to those who were killed.  They act like the term “Easter worshiper” is not only strange, but intended as… Read more

April 22, 2019

This year, 2019, Earth Day is the day after the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. There is something very fitting to this. Christ rose from the dead and shared his saving grace to all things. The earth and all that is on it has been damaged by the sin of humanity. Christ’s resurrection from the dead brings grace to the earth which will allow it to come back to its original purity before being taken into eternity (and… Read more

April 21, 2019

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (Jn. 1:1-5 RSV). In the new beginning is the Word, the Word who had become… Read more

April 18, 2019

The death of Jesus must not be attributed to specifically to the Jews. When talking about the historical reality of his death, those who were in positions of power and authority in Jerusalem can be held responsible. Some of them, but not all of them, were Jewish leaders in Israel who felt threatened by Jesus’ words and deeds. Thus Vatican Council II, in its attempt to stop much of the anti-Semitic rhetoric which has been use to demonize the Jews,… Read more

April 17, 2019

Jesus’s fame and popularity among the people of Israel had gone to new heights. After he raised Lazarus from the dead, he entered into Jerusalem with the people showing, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus’s disciples had to feel the tingling of pride as they saw their Master being glorified by the people. They were with him. They were his closest associates. Surely, the time had come; Jesus had been preaching that the… Read more

April 16, 2019

“When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers” (Prov. 21:15 RSV). Those who love what is good and true love justice. Sadly, many pretend to be righteous as they promote some sham form of justice which they say must be followed. They say they are for law and order while they use whatever power they have to oppress others. True justice will never be used to harm the innocent. True righteousness will love… Read more

April 15, 2019

In India, in a situation which contradicts their otherwise outcast social status, Dalits are recruited to play drums for funeral services. As they play their drums, Dalits find themselves joining in with the rest of Hindu society; their beats bring everything together into one glorious albeit brief harmony in which they find themselves at the very center of the religious service. Why are they called to perform this service, why are they allowed to lead funeral rites? Because the drum,… Read more

April 11, 2019

In the Western tradition, the seven deadly sins are listed as pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Each of these sins are deadly, not just because of the injustices involved with all of them, turning those who engage them away from the true good found with God, but also because those who fall for them find them encouraging and developing further sins, further acts of injustices, in their wake. They help form structures of sin which keep those… Read more

April 10, 2019

“Do not praise a man before you hear him reason, for this is the test of men” (Sir. 27:7 RSV). St. Augustine, in his excellent work, “Of True Religion,” points out that there is a limit to human authority in relation to reason: that a soul which is purified and open to the truth, receiving it, has no human authority over it: “No human authority is set over the reason of a purified soul, for it is able to arrive… Read more

April 9, 2019

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Ex. 20:16 RSV). Who is our neighbor? Everyone. As we should do to others as we would like them to do to us, we should protect the good reputation of others, not lying about them, because we would not like it if someone would bear false witness against us. “Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against… Read more

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