We do our part as we ask for favors.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

In the first reading from Sirach, we read we should never appear before the Lord empty-handed.  When we come to beg from him, we have to show him that that we are willing to give him his due, giving him a favor for favor.

It reminded me of a couple of ladies from the south who said that you should never come to anyone’s house with one arm as long as the other. Reminds us of this relationship, that God commanded that we do our part if we want anything from him.

The Leaven of the Pharisees

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jesus told his disciples to avoid the leaven of the Pharisees and scribes. By that he meant things that were geared toward leading people into sin.

Driving through Jacksonville, we see many establishments. The bars, the cosmetic shops, the gentleman clubs all tend to lead us toward sinfulness.

The animals we live with and the presence of Jesus/

Tuesday, 2/12/19

The first reading outlines the legitimate uses we may make of the animals of our world.

The Gospel makes us envious of the Apostles and the people pd Gennesserate who were enjoying the presence of Jesus.  

Our first reading outlines the use we may make of anmals..

Tuesday, 2/12/19

While our first reading outlines the uses we may legitimately make of the animals we live with.
the Gospel makes us envious of the Apostles and the people of Gennesserate  as they enjoyed
the present of Jesus.

The Bible’s own account of Creation

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Bible account of creation is not correct. It stems mistaken ideas that came from the creation accounts 1200 years before Christ. That account known as the enuma Elishe (when on high) mistakenly saw the sky as a hard dome, and it saw rain as seeping through that dome from an ocean above the dome.

The way parents feel they have a right to give name to their children, so the Bible had God giving a name to the sky and the ocean.

Chapter 13 of the Letter to the Hebrews

Friday, February 8, 2019

The first twelve chapters of the Letter to the Hebrews developed similar thoughts. The thirteenth chapter develops three unrelated lessons.

First, we should keep in mind the deprivations of those in prison. Secondly, we should honor the marriage bed. Thirdly, we should remember and pray for our teachers.

Our teachers brought us to understand the faith, among many things.

Jesus told his disciples to mix with people,

When Jesus told his disciples to bring meither food nor money for going out among people he was not telling them to practice poverty, rather he was telling them to appreciate the hospitality of people.

I aw the value of that in my fist years in Korea when the kindest thing I could do for people was to appreciate their poor cuisine.
The first reading said that at the time administer discipline is our cause for sorrows but after worth it become joy.

As pass classroom teacher we appreciate the efforts maid by parents for given their children the habits of applying their minds to assigned tasks. They blame them for a lot of children to just play arround.
Monday, 2-3-19

Chapters 10 and 11  of Hebres is a litany of all the saints of the Old Testament. For each of them the accounts the way that their faith has fortified them  with a faith that allowed them to overcome trials.

Chapter Twelve goes on  give tribute to what Christ's faith has equipped hi mto overcome evil. It goes on that to tree  us to imitate him by developing self discipline. It is well for us to memorize the opening verses of this chapter, reciting it as a prayer.

Let the old honor the young

Friday, 2/1/19

Artists in the Middle Ages were fond of painting the scene of a proud Joseph and a loving Mary. In our days, old people who spend hours in church silently embrace the infant.

I have urged children to honor such old people only to have the children say that old people find them to be too noisy.

Christ dwells behind the veil in the holy of the holies.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The first reading pulls up the image of the holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple. The sanctuary was kept closed except for the priests chosen on a given day to offer incense. The sanctuary was divided by a veil beyond which were kept the tablets of the law that God gave to Moses. The veil itself was never removed. Each day a chosen priest went in and offered incense before the veil.

In the Letter to the Hebrews, we learn that Jesus was behind the veil and the holy of holies. An additional point from the readings is they are telling us that life in the assembly is too precious to ever be avoided.

In our covenant we become one with God, and we with him.

Wednesday, 1/31/20

While a contract is a fixed agreement by which the parties exchange things of value, in a covenant such as we make with God, the parties exchange their very selves.

In taking root, the seed becomes one with the nourishment provided by the ground. It is similar to the covenant by which we become one with God.

Our way of becoming part of God's family.

Monday, 1/29/20

The first reading tells us we cannot become one with God by offering repeated sacrifices, While thr Gospel tells us we cannot become one with God by any family ties. (To this we might add the
futility of trying to become one with God by becoming a priest or  nun.

Jesus tells us we become one with God by living in union with  him. The practical way of uniting with God d to join Jesus in the offering he makes of himself in every Mass.

Thomas Aquinas incrporated the Greek wisdom of Aristotle into Catholicism.

Monday, 1/28/19

Thomas, born in 1225, dying forty-nine years later, , was the leading catholic scholar of all times. He use to say, "For those who have faith, no explanation is necessary; for the lacking faith no explanation is possible."

But for all his reliance on faith, Thomas was the the champion of the non-believing Greek scholar. Aristotle's wise scholarship had been carried off by the Muslims in 100 B.C., and recovered in 1200 A.D. when Aquinas was able to incorporate Aristotle's wisdom into Catholicism.

The Mass gives us a chance to make a pleasing offering to God.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Let me say something about what we put into the mass, and what we get out of the Mass.

I became a priest sixty-seven years ago. I have been taking part in the daily Mass except for a few weeks following a fracture to my hip late last summer.

Our daily masses represent the Last Supper when Jesus asked the apostles to join him in making a sacrifice. He gives us communion so we can join him in making a pleasing gift to God.

The man with the withered hand would have been accepted by Jesus.

Wednesday, 1/23/19

On this my 91st birthday I thank God for my healthy mind and body, for all my family and teachers.  However, the gospel's man with a withered hand turns my thoughts in another direction.  The gospel's man with a withered hand presents a contrast to all the blessings I received. 

Let me tell you about a boy named Calvin who lacked all my blessings. Calvin was a boy on the next street to me who had to grow up with a withered right hand and very few friends.  When the healthy boys on my street had a pick-up baseball game, Calvin often got in the way.  He sang country western songs badly, and the boys often told him to be quiet and go away. 


Whenever I hear the gospel story about the man with the withered hand it gets me thinking about Calvin, and about how we should love those less fortunate than ourselves. That is basically how Jesus wanted us to love.