Steve’s Columns

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21 July 2019

Martha, burdened with much serving… said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her … There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Lk 10:11-14) St. Luke offers to the readers of his Gospel many intimate moments with Jesus. In chapter nine, Luke describes Jesus summoning his twelve Apostles, Peter professing his faith, and Jesus transfiguring in glory with only Peter, James, and John in attendance. Intermixed with these …

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 July 2019

“For this command… is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky… Nor is it across the sea, No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.” (Dt 30:11-14) Last week our scriptural reflection emphasized the need for our parishes and our Church to follow in the footsteps of St. Benedict by gathering to ourselves all sacred knowledge for our own sake and the sake of a bewildered world. This knowledge is not of themes unfamiliar to us, nor is …

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 7 July 2019

For thus says the LORD: Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms… (Is 66:12) We all love idyllic and fruitful scenes of nature. We all love images of prosperous and restful places. Since our hearts are made in the image of God, our hearts hearken back to Eden and beyond to heaven. Following the example of his Creator, man goes about organizing nature making chaotic spaces more beautiful: the public park and the monastery are two examples of …

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 30 June 2019

As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” (Lk 9:57-58) Jesus was always on the go. Not long after He was conceived in the womb of His mother Mary, He was carried off “in haste” to the hill country of Judah (Lk 1:39). Later on in Mary’s pregnancy Joseph took Mary and the prenatal Jesus from Galilee to Bethlehem (Lk 2:4) where Jesus was born. Soon …

Corpus Christi – 23 June 2019

I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,  that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor 11:23-24) In the above quotation of Jesus Christ from the Last Supper confirmed by St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians we recall the earliest of our sacred traditions: that Jesus commanded His disciples to perform the Eucharistic blessing “in remembrance” of Him. Some, especially Protestant believers, have …

Most Holy Trinity Sunday – 16 June 2019

“[The Spirit] will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine…” (Jn 16:14-15) In the political state known as “communism” everything allegedly belongs to “the people” because the people make up the state and the state owns all. In this theory what is considered “mine” is lent me from the state which gets what it has from the people. In effect, communism is a dictatorial trinity of individual, state, and people. It is certainly not a Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is spiritual. Communism on the …

Pentecost Sunday – 9 June 2019

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” (Rom 8:26) Prayer is not as easy a thing as one might think. Some say that it is only a “conversation with God” but it is very unlike the face-to-face (or Facebook to Facebook) conversations we are accustomed to these days. In fact the Latin root of the word conversation has as its meaning, “intimacy”, “familiarity” and the notion of “living among” others. To converse well with …

7th Sunday of Easter – 2 June 2019

“And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me; that they may be brought to perfection as one…” (Jn 17:22-23) Some pagan philosophies, including Plato’s, have put forward a didactic legend that the human race began as one soul which was broken apart. Plato posited that since the One has become many (Plato didn’t like the many) man is trying desperately to get back to the One. Plato explains that war is one way man unknowingly fights and claws his way back …

6th Sunday of Easter – 26 May 2019

‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father… And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.” (Rev 21:3, 5) We are never inclined to rejoice when someone that we love departs from us. If we dearly love that person, then departure, even for a little while, feels a great loss; thus we are much less likely to rejoice when that person goes away and cannot be seen or reached again, as say in …

5th Sunday of Easter – 19 May 2019

“Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people… The One who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:3, 5) The Holy Trinity is a thoroughly self-sustaining communion of three divine persons. To say this is of course true and not true. It is true in that we may firmly believe that the one and only Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit needs nothing outside itself to fulfill itself: its Nature, that is, its Divine Nature is thoroughly accomplished and fully content. Our …

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