June 21, 2020

Christians believe Christ is Lord. This is what makes someone a Christian. There are many theological implications which come out of that belief. When we consider what it means to say Christ is Lord, we must contemplate what the title, “Christ,” means as well as what the title, “Lord,” means. Eventually, such explorations lead us to consider how Jesus is both the Christ, the promised anointed one, and the Lord, that is God himself. We must do more than explore… Read more

June 18, 2020

“I can’t breathe.” George Floyd, in saying these words, spoke for all of us. “I can’t breathe.” This is the experience of so many minorities in the United States. “I can’t breathe.” That is, “I am oppressed. I am suffering. I am being cast aside. I am suffocating in oppression. I am dying.” We must recognize that these words speak of the fate of all of us if things do not change soon. We all will find out “I can’t… Read more

June 17, 2020

God, who is all good, established his creation so that he could share that goodness with others. But God is infinite and unbounded, while every created being has their own limitations and boundaries. As such, nothing created comes close in comparison to God. God is infinitely greater than anything which he created. Nonetheless, God created a diverse array of beings, each with their own potentiality, and through that potentiality, each has their own way(s) to approach God. Those with greater… Read more

June 15, 2020

The prophet Amos, a goatherd touched by the spirit of God, felt God’s pathos as he saw the way the poor and vulnerable were not only neglected, but abused by those with money and power. He cried out: “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come!” (Amos 6:1 RSV). Amos indicated that… Read more

June 14, 2020

While Elijah is more famous than his successor, Elisha, we must remember that Scripture indicates that Elisha received a double-portion of Elijah’s prophetic Spirit and so his contribution to salvation history must not be ignored: When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “I pray you, let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”  And he said, “You have asked a hard thing;… Read more

June 11, 2020

At the Angelus on June 7, 2020, Pope Francis rejoiced in the fact that Italy was recovering from the COVID19 pandemic and people were able to be in his presence in St. Peter’s Square. However, he also understood that the pandemic was far from over. He indicated how it was continuing to spread and kill at a fast rate in many countries. He said we should not believe that we have obtained victory against the coronavirus: I greet you all,… Read more

June 10, 2020

There are many goods, many virtues which we can seek after in our lives. But in doing so, we must not turn virtue against virtue, to make justice fight against justice, righteousness against righteousness, charity against charity. That is, we must not have our own pursuit of the good end up opposing the greater, holistic good by ignoring or denigrating those other goods (insofar as they are good). We can pursue social justice, finding it is what we should do,… Read more

June 8, 2020

St. John of Karpathos reminded his readers, who, because they could read, were among the learned elite, that God has many ways to save people, including ways for those who are simple (and could not read): God saves one man through spiritual knowledge and another through guilelessness and simplicity. You should bear in mind that ‘God will not reject the simple’ (Job 8:20 LXX).[1] St John did not reject the value of “spiritual knowledge,” which could be attained through several… Read more

June 7, 2020

We read in the Psalms of God’s greatness. He is to be understood as being above and beyond all. There really is no comparison between him and those believed to be gods by the Gentiles. He is surrounded by the assembly of the saints, the children of Israel, who, despite their relationship with him, understand how great and uncontrollable his glory is: Let the heavens praise thy wonders, O LORD, thy faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!  For… Read more

June 3, 2020

JR.R. Tolkien, in his letters, talks about the way one of his readers thought Frodo should have been treated as a traitor and sentenced to death: Fair it would and did as far as Frodo considered alone was concerned. He ‘apostatized’ – and I have had one savage letter, crying out that he shd. have been executed as a traitor, not honoured.[1] Tolkien understood that Frodo had failed. But he understood there was more to Frodo’s story than giving in… Read more

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