Posted on 02/2/2019 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
This week we hear from St. Paul’s brilliant meditation on love. Everything in religion and theology revolves around love. It is at the heart of everything. Nothing matters without love, because God is love. Putting love at the center is the best way to organize and prioritize our entire lives.
Posted on 01/26/2019 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
The dramatic scene presented in the Book of Nehemiah presents a people who had forgotten their identity and learned, as if for the first time, who they really are. It is the mission of all those who remain invested in the faith of the Church to give testimony to their brothers and sisters in Christ, reminding all that in Christ, we have received a unique and wonderful identity—and it is only when we know who we are that will be able to find our purpose and accomplish the mission that Christ has given to us.
Posted on 01/21/2019 04:00 AM (God In All Things)
What does Jesus mean when he talks about God's "kingdom"? He spends a lot of time offering many metaphors for it.
Posted on 01/19/2019 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
The communion of humanity and divinity in Christ’s divine person can be likened to a marriage. Sin effects a kind of divorce between God and humanity, a break up of the marriage of God and his people. How wonderful, therefore, when the Messiah offers the first sign of his identity and mission at a wedding. This is an indication that the relationship of God and humanity will be transformed, reconciled, and renewed in Jesus Christ.
Posted on 01/12/2019 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
The first sacrament one can receive in the Church, Baptism, defines our relationship with Christ. In it, we are reborn as part of his Mystical Body and gifted with the grace of God’s love. Baptism lays the foundation for every other sacrament we are to receive and inextricably links us with the Trinity.
Posted on 01/7/2019 04:00 AM (God In All Things)
Ignatius says our purpose is to praise, reverence, and serve God. But this sounds like a rather selfish God.
Posted on 01/5/2019 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
Our modern culture suggests a tension between spirituality and religion. But the Magi in today’s Gospel demonstrate that when spirituality is lifted up by revelation—when the Magi are told by the religious leaders where the Messiah is to be born—we find the object of our spiritual longing.
Posted on 12/29/2018 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
Lots of people today will tell you what makes a family well-adjusted, functional, and peaceful. But in this week’s readings for the Feast of the Holy Family, which center on two exemplary women, Hannah and Mary, the Church wants to tell us what makes a family holy.
Posted on 12/23/2018 18:00 PM (God In All Things)
God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
Posted on 12/22/2018 19:00 PM (Word On Fire Sermon Podcast)
The New Testament authors consistently reached to the Old Testament for their categories of understanding. Hence, Jesus is the Torah in person; the new and definitive Temple; the prophet par excellence; the fulfillment of the covenant; etc. But one of the most important of these Old Testament points of reference is the Mashiach, the anointed one, the Messiah—which is to say, the new David.