May 12, 2019

Revelation (No “s”)

[Note: This column was supposed to run last week, May 5, and the column that in fact ran was for today, May 12, so the Scripture reference in that column was incorrect.  So here is “last week’s” column. My apology for the confusion.]
May 12, 2019

Revelation (No “s”)

[Note: This column was supposed to run last week, May 5, and the column that in fact ran was for today, May 12, so the Scripture reference in that column was incorrect.  So here is “last week’s” column. My apology for the confusion.]
May 5, 2019

“…a Great Multitude, Which No One Could Count.” (What Really Matters, VII)

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation…  Then one of the Elders said to me, “These are the ones who have … washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. …  God will wipe away […]
April 28, 2019

Revelation – A Diagnostic Manual (What Really Matters – VI)

At Mass during this year’s Easter season we hear the highlight passages of the Book of Revelation.  If you’ve ever tried to read the whole thing, you know that a lot of the good stuff gets left out. At Mass we miss out on “the Four Horsemen,” “the Sea of […]
April 21, 2019

Transformation (What Really Matters – V)

Happy Easter! I anticipate that many of you reading this don’t come to Mass every week but are here because it’s a special day.  First, welcome! Second, I’d like to follow up here on what I wrote last week (Palm Sunday).  My theme then was that there is no escape […]
April 14, 2019

Regular Ritual Practice (What Really Matters – IV)

This being Palm Sunday I anticipate that many of you reading this don’t come to Mass every week but are here because it’s a special day.  First, welcome! Second, I’d like to invite you to think with me about the importance of church ritual.  (Yes, this is an “ad” for […]
April 7, 2019

Becoming an Adult Disciple (What Really Matters – III)

“The woman caught in adultery” is a famous, but very strange, story.  (One aspect of its strangeness is that it doesn’t appear in early manuscripts of the John Gospel where we find it today [8:1-11], but does appear in some early texts of Luke [after Lk 21:38]; and scholars describe […]
March 31, 2019

Seeking the Lost (What Really Matters – II)

Today’s Gospel of the Prodigal Son is familiar; not so, Saint Luke’s comment that gives the setting for Jesus’ story: Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus. Isn’t that amazing? Jesus and his teaching are – attractive? Attractive to “tax-collectors” (in those days, local extortionists) […]
March 24, 2019

What Really Matters – I

(It came to me recently that I have only about a dozen more columns before I retire; so I’m going to aim – unless circumstances interfere – to focus on “what really matters” between now and June.) Jesus does something very interesting in today’s Gospel; we can learn from it. […]
March 17, 2019

The Proof of the Pudding…

…is in the eating, as the proverb goes.  With regard to the recent Vatican meeting dealing with the failures of church leadership to address clerical abuse of minors properly, I’ve had time over the past two weeks (since the meeting ended) to look for actions that might back up the […]