The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

    The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men…Luke 24:7     This is a Scripture I often recall as I take communion to the hospital on my pastoral care day; for after all … this is what I am, a sinner and yet ~ The Lord allows me the privilege of working along side Him–meeting extroidinary people who, in their sickness and suffering, have blessed me beyond measure.    The halls of the hospital are foreboding; sometimes I feel their heaviness like a weighted fog that hovers it’s threat of loneliness, grief, suffering and death. And that’s when I ‘m thankful that wrapped in the case against my heart is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. It’s into this darkness I...

Can’t Win

Can’t Win

  The Child Jesus and John the Baptist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo 1600’s   To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?   They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’     For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, ‘He has a demon.’   The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” —Luke 7:31-35 No matter what, some people will never be satisfied with whatever evidence of faith is...

Hidden Yet Revealed

Hidden Yet Revealed

 Gospel Reading Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30   Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.   Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own,...

A Different Kind of Change and Resistance

A Different Kind of Change and Resistance

    One of the books that has been my Lenten companion this year is Pope Benedict’s book “Jesus of Nazareth“. His years as an academic scholar give such passion and depth to his insights from Scripture . Here from New Media Catholic is a timely reflection he draws from chapter two:   “Early in the book Pope Benedict reminds the Church of a very important, and yet often forgotten symbolism in the Passion. When Pontius Pilot gave the Jews the choice to free either Barabbas or Jesus, their choice of Barabbas revealed more than just their refutation of Jesus as the Son of God. Barabbas is usually known for being a murderer, which heightens the sense of injustice that the crowd preferred this man over the Son of Man. Barabbas,...

We Have a Very Good Friend in Christ

We Have a Very Good Friend in Christ

When we are busy, or suffering persecutions or trials, when we cannot get as much quiet as we would like, and at seasons of aridity,    we have a very Good Friend in Christ. We look at Him as a Man; we think of His moments of weakness and times of trial; and He becomes our companion. Once we have made a habit of thinking of Him in this way, it becomes very easy to find Him at our side though there will come times when it is impossible to do either the one thing or the other. For that reason it is advisable to do as I’ve already said: we must not show ourselves to be seeking after spiritual consolations;   come what may , the great thing for us to do is embrace the cross. The Lord was deprived of all consolation; they left Him alone in His trials....