CONFRONTING THE POWERS OF EVIL

Thursday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time                       Jesus, in today’s gospel passage, pronounces a lament over the doomed city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is more than a city. It is the center of both religious and political power. However, as laments by Jesus, it has become a symbol of everything that is wrong with religion at … Continue reading CONFRONTING THE POWERS OF EVIL

LOVING GOD WITH OUR WHOLE BEING

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time                       There is a “common denominator” among Olympic champions: They devote and focus practically all their time, energy and resources on their goal. They put their whole being – heart, soul and mind – into winning the Olympic gold medal.             Should we do less in fulfilling the Greatest Commandment? … Continue reading LOVING GOD WITH OUR WHOLE BEING

ELEMENTS OF REPENTANCE

Saturday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time                        “If you do not repent, you will all perish…”             Jewish belief was that whatever evil befell people was punishment for sin. The more a person had to suffer, the greater their sin must have been! Jesus rejects this simplistic notion. Instead he emphasizes repentance.             Repentance is … Continue reading ELEMENTS OF REPENTANCE