Don’t Try to Fix What Humbles You

Don’t Try to Fix What Humbles You

Readings: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Heb 12:18-19 Luke 14: 1, 7-14 The call of the Scripture readings today is: humble yourself. St Augustine said, “ Worldly society has flowered from a selfish love which dared to despise even God, whereas the communion of the saints is rooted in a love of God that is ready to trample on self. I don’t know about you, I can accept that humility is the call for every Christian, but it’s a long way from accepting the teaching and making true application to the inner man…especially in the culture we live in. What is true humility? I could go through the list of a few  right answers for the test like : – being free from preoccupation with self – looking at ourselves truthfully the way God sees us – one who...

Will Only a Few People be Saved?

Will Only a Few People be Saved?

Sunday’s Gospel  Lk 13:22-30 “There’s been a lot of ink spilled over this question.” Sometimes that’s the answer I give to my Faith Formation class when they ask a doozy question like this for which they are infamous. They have come to accept that when I give that answer I have done my dutiful dance around what I know the Catechism, the Bible, or the church fathers say about their particular inquiry.  The problem is the longer you teach…especially children…the more you know you don’t know very much….. at all. I’m happy when I hear anyone ask this question from Sunday’s Gospel.  At least I know they don’t assume it’s a done deal just because they’re “a good person,” or because they “love...

Will The Real Prophet Please Stand Up

Will The Real Prophet Please Stand Up

Jeremiah Icon 18th Century That’s the question of our day as sure as it was for the Old Testament people. Today’s Mass reading in Jer 28: 1-17 plays out a struggle between a false prophet and a true one: Hananiah and Jeremiah respectively. At this time in Israel’s history, they’re in exile being ruled by a puppet king as a consequence of their disobedience to God with whom they had a covenant. They had been told that the best response would be to humble themselves and learn from this discipline. They’re not very happy with that instruction. In fact the book of Jeremiah is quite graphic about just how unhappy they are with the truth  this weeping prophet continually gives God’s people. Along comes Hananiah who tells the people...