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Cultivate Your Faith: Reconciliation

Reconciliation is all about old things passing away. This is the second talk in our series, Cultivate Your Faith.

The Master Has Need of You

In our Gospel reading for the Palm Sunday procession, Jesus sends his disciples into Jerusalem to prepare for his triumphal entry. They are told to untether a donkey, and if there is any protest from the owner, they are to say simply, “The Master has need of it.” Strictly speaking, God has need of nothing, since he is the unconditioned act of existence. God doesn’t need our praise or our good works or anything. But this phrase signals the wonderful truth that God allows us to cooperate with his grace so that we can participate in the work that he wants to do. He gives us what Aquinas called “the dignity of causality.” We are privileged to be instruments in his hands.

Cultivate Your Faith: Prayer

What does it mean to pray well? This is the first of three talks from a series on cultivating your faith.

Misery and Mercy

In this week's Gospel, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery, a tale that has beguiled Christians and non-Christians for two millennia. The story displays our constant temptation to use knowledge of God’s law to hurt others, not to liberate them. We gossip, we scapegoat, we blame—and we convince ourselves that we’re just following the divine law in pointing out other people’s problems. But then enters Jesus, who affirms that the law's primary purpose is to make us humble, to draw us to higher attainment. Without denigrating the law in the least, Jesus reaches out in mercy in order to brings sinners back to life.

The Dignity of Choice

What does a homeless man choosing the colour of his donated gloves and a child choosing which snack to eat have in common? The dignity of choice.

Theonomy

One the greatest Protestant theologians of the twentieth century, Paul Tillich, made a distinction between heteronomy (law from another), autonomy (law from oneself), and what he called “theonomy” (law of God). This week, we have the privilege to consider what is arguably the most magnificent and spiritually rich of Jesus’ parables—the story of the Prodigal Son—and in this familiar story, you’ll see the dynamics of these three approaches on clear display. Mass Readings Reading 1 – Joshua 5:9A, 10-12 Psalm – Psalm 34:2-7 Reading 2 – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Gospel – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32…

Why the Burning Bush is Such Good News

Our first reading for this Sunday presents us with one of the most famous and commented upon texts in the entire Bible, in which God appears in a burning bush, a bush on fire but not consumed. God is present to it in the most powerful way, but nothing of the bush has to give in order for God to work with it and through it. When the true God comes close, things are not destroyed; in fact, they become radiant and beautiful.

Taken, Blessed, Broken, and Given: An Examen

A new audio examen on how we've been taken, blessed, broken, and given.

The Glorified Body

The readings for this second Sunday of Lent awaken a sense of wonder, of a world beyond ours, a mystical consciousness. In the first reading with Abraham and in the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, we encounter mountains, darkness, voices, and dazzling light, all of which signal the breakthrough of a higher world. Mass Readings Reading 1 – Genesis 15:5-18 Psalm – Psalm 27:1-14 Reading 2 – Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 Gospel – Luke 9:28-36…

Three Questions from the Desert

Lent is a time of paring down—a time spent in the desert, if you will—as exemplified by Jesus’ forty days of fasting in these arid, barren lands. He was tempted three times by Satan, and rejected each attempt, giving glory to God at every turn. This is the lesson for us: that we make God the center of our lives and not test him. We are here to do his will, which is clarified through our own Lenten sacrifices.