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  • Juneteenth Homily

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 19, 2022

    What is slavery and how can one be a slave and not aware of it?

  • Nothing Ordinary About Our Call

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 18, 2022

    Our evangelical mission is anything but ordinary.

  • Will Your Choice Be The Lord Or The "gods Of The Land"?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 14, 2022

    We must choose our master, and make the right decision.

    Saturday of 11th week in course Today’s story from the Book of Chronicles relates the history of the chosen people, the Jews, in the wake of the dictatorship of Queen Athaliah, who had tried to exterminate the House of David. But the priest Jehoiada saved the life of one of the king’s sons, and more

  • The Black And White Of Following Christ

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 10, 2022

    Christ is he who will satisfy the deepest desires of our empty souls, and who promises us eternal life and resurrection if we dedicate ourselves to obedience in faith.

    One could get into quite a discussion with biblical scholars and teachers over who was the greatest prophet in Israel. The greatest of the writing prophets, of course, was Isaiah, but he lived long after the period written about in the first reading today. Elijah pops into one’s head at first, but more

  • Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time; Year C

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jun 5, 2022

    We have archeological evidence that some ancient Jews had recourse to magic or superstition. For example, many wore an amulet with the stated purpose of to attract people to them, or to prevent against curses.

    There is an old story of a man who needed to send a letter from his remote camp to the neighboring village, so he asked his son to make the trip. The son had never traveled to the village on his own. He looked at the trail ahead of him and said, “I’ll go, Dad, but I don’t see how that path will more

  • Looking Upon The Lord’s Face Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 4, 2022

    We will see God face to face, because we have already passed from this life to the next, and when we are able to see God’s face, we will be, by the grace of Christ crucified, perfectly holy.

    Looking upon the Lord’s Face One of the Biblical understandings that the modern man cannot seem to process is the notion that to look upon the Lord’s face means death to the human who does the looking. The patriarch Jacob, as Genesis 32 records, wrestled all night with God and then marveled that more

  • Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C: Martha And Mary

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jun 1, 2022

    When Martha brought her stress and complaints to Jesus, he heard her deepest need. He wanted Martha’s soul to catch up to her body.

    A journalist with Bon Appetit Magazine asked readers to submit examples of their worst dinner party experiences. A woman names Bea Stein wrote about how the candles on her patio table fell over and set the whole table on fire. Another hostess had 50 guests coming over for brunch when the city more

  • Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on May 31, 2022

    I can’t help but think it was Mother Teresa’s having to suffer the loss of her father, who was murdered when she was a child, that directed her to a life of mercy.

    Jesus is asked 183 questions of which he only answers 3. The expert asked a question wanting to test Jesus and he got an answer. But in the story about the Good Samaritan, Jesus is testing him—and us. The man beaten and robbed was going from Jerusalem to Jericho. So were the priest and Levite, more

  • A Gentile In The Temple Precincts? Horrors!

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 30, 2022

    The whole ministry of the Israelites to our fallen world was supposed to be to offer right worship and right living to God, and be so attractive to the pagans that they drew them into right worship and right living.

    Thursday of 7th Week in Easter It would be great if all of us were following St. Paul’s trials and troubles chapter by chapter along with hearing them proclaimed at Mass. The scene is this: Paul has journeyed with his disciples to Jerusalem. Some of them were Gentiles and most were probably Jewish more

  • Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on May 30, 2022

    This was the first successful transfer of charismatic authority to a large group since the time of Moses; it signifies that a new era has come!

  • When Catastrophe Happens, What Next?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 29, 2022

    No external law can fix a problem that comes from deep within a twisted mind and heart.

    Ascension 2022 I polished up my Ascension Day homily last Sunday. Then I tore it up on Tuesday afternoon. Senseless, mindless murder down the road in Uvalde, a place many of us have visited or lived. When catastrophe happens anywhere in the world, don’t we all grieve, and ask “Lord, WHY?” “What more

  • Better That Christ Go To The Father

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 28, 2022

    As we enter this week before Pentecost, we are reminded today why Jesus told us it’s better for us that He go to the Father.

    Monday of 7th week in Easter Acts 19: 1-8/John 16: 29-33 I suspect that we are all like the early Christians, like Mary Magdalene, wanting to cling to Jesus, wanting to be able to touch him and see him and hear his voice speaking words of love and tenderness and reassurance. Especially now when more

  • Sixth Sunday Of Easter- Advocate

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on May 21, 2022

    In Jewish thought, every commandment that one fulfills procures him one advocate.

    A man named Norm Williams went to the library and requested two books by author Deborah Tannen, who is a communication researcher. One of her most popular books is titled “That’s Not What I Meant.” Another is titled, “You Just don’t Understand.” “What’s the first book?” the librarian more

  • Just What Does "taken Up" Mean For Jesus?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 20, 2022

    When I was ten, that meant that Jesus went up into the clouds and literally sat at the right hand of the Father, on a throne in the clouds. But no more.

    Ascension Day One commonality that men and women my age have in the U.S., no matter what religion we were raised in, is the story of Jesus. If I bet money, I’d lay odds that anyone age 65 or older in 2022 can at least give a general outline of the life of Christ, even if he or she didn’t think more

  • Mistaking People For Gods

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 13, 2022

    Ayn Rand's philosophy would have led her, I think, if put in the position of Paul and Barnabas, to say, “bring on the sacrifice. I am a god!”

    When I was teaching, my religion class would always study the philosophy of Ayn Rand, a deracinated Jew whose ideal of rugged individualism influenced people like Alan Greenspan and Rush Limbaugh. Her notions would have led her, I think, if put in the position of Paul and Barnabas, to say, “bring more