Archive | January, 2012

The Real Campaign

The year has hardly begun, and in the United States we’re already well into our race to November’s presidential elections. The campaign follows us wherever we go. The media micro-analyze every candidate’s every word and gesture. And then the news stories make their way into our conversations at work and at home. The papers and

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The King’s Authority: Reflections on the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9  1 Corinthians 7:32-35  Mark 1:21-28 Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion – asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan (see John 12:31). Notice that today’s events take place on the sabbath. The

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Agnes Day

Today’s saint, Agnes of Rome, is long overdue for a revival. Why? She was probably the most revered female martyr of the early Church — outstanding in a field that included Blandina and Perpetua, among others. St. Jerome was not a man easily impressed, but of today’s saint, his near-contemporary, he wrote: “Every people, whatever

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Following Him: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10 Psalm 25:4-9 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 The calling of the brothers in today’s Gospel evokes Elisha’s commissioning by the prophet Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:19-21). As Elijah comes upon Elisha working on his family’s farm, so Jesus sees the brothers working by the seaside. And as Elisha left his mother and

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Why Jesus was Baptized and Tempted?; with John Bergsma

In this episode of The Sacred Page Podcast John Bergsma joins me to discuss why Jesus was baptized and tempted in the wilderness? Here we talk about Creation imagery, Exodus motifs, and Davidic typology in the Gospel accounts—and how they are all tied together! Get more of John Bergsma’s CDs at www.JohnBergsma.com.  

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Ushering in the New Year of Faith!

The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). That’s been the constant cry not only of the Lord’s Apostles, but of every disciple since Day One of the New Testament. Deep faith got Jesus’ attention (seeMatthew 8:10) and moved him to perform miracles (see Matthew 9:2 and 22). Shallow faith brought on his rebuke (see Matthew

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Newborn King: Reflections on the Epiphany of our Lord

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2,7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears. Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The

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