In those days Mary set out and went with haste. (Luke 1:39-56). Mary and Elizabeth are drawn to each other. They need each other. Elizabeth can best understand what is going on in Mary’s life. Mary can best understand what is going on in Elizabeth’s life. Their encounter is filled with gratitude, joy, new life, love, faith and promise.
Author:- July 31, 2021
Calling someone a Jeremiah is not a compliment! This prophet is associated with doom and gloom, and with dire warnings and threats. We get a hint of that in today’s first reading. However, Jeremiah deserves a better press. More than any other prophet he has a capacity to tell it as he sees it and that applies not only to his people but also to his God!
Author:- June 29, 2021
Sunday is a day of blessing – the blessing! It’s the day to celebrate that we are made new. A day to start over. This Sunday, when we gather, we will have some poetry put before us as usual. We probably don’t think of the responsorial psalm that way – but what else is it?
Jesus returns to Nazareth and is rejected by his own people. I began to wonder why. What was it about him that frightened them? Clearly, he posed a threat. And then I asked myself the same question because he frightens me too. And it has something to do with knowing him versus knowing about him. I, too, know all about Jesus. I have been learning about him since I was a child. And then in the seminary and in Theology school. And I even preach about him. ‘Knowing about him’ is no skin off my nose. ‘Knowing him’ is what I find difficult.
Author:- June 28, 2021