Solemnity of Christ the King

Greek literature was fond of epithets to describe their gods and heroes in a glorious light. The NewTestament is far more modest in its description of its only “God” and “Hero” and His glory, which is notof this world. Christ our king is thus described in Rev 1: 5-8: “Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness,…

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God’s Word and God’s Love

Today’s psalm speaks of the person who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night. A good starting point to meditate on God’s law or word is lectio divina. But rather than concentrating on lectio, I would like to focus briefly on God’s love today, which is enkindled…

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The Calling of Matthew

A rocky shore

If you happen to enter the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, Caravaggio’s genius offers the visitor a view of The Calling of Matthew. It comes alive in all its dramatic force. It is well worth the time spent contemplating this painting, a form of graphic catechetical piece that recalls today’s gospel on…

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Bear Much Fruit

A rocky shoreline

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And…

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Let Us Not Forget the Wounds

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

To meditate on the Passion, we can take up St Claire of Assisi’s invitation to enter into the torn chest of Christ crucified. To be inundated with the light of the Resurrection, we can follow Christ’s offer to his disciple Thomas, to put his hand into his side, and to believe! (Caravaggio has immortalized that…

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Passing from Dark to Light

R. (12a)  Create a clean heart in me, O God.Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.Thoroughly wash me from my guilt    and of my sin cleanse me.R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.A clean heart create for me, O God,    and…

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Lectio Divina

One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. The verse before the Gospel presents to us a reminder of the spirit of Lent, i.e., the word of God is spiritual food, but it cannot be “assimilated” without repentance (therefore, conversion) and faith. Thus, we…

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