April 20, 2019

Tag - Love

To Love

More than any other, perhaps, the parable of the prodigal son reveals to us an aspect of the heart of the Father in the only way we, mere human beings, can understand it. For this reason, then, we ought to resist the habitual tendency that we all...

Love That Bears Fruit

“For 3 years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.” These words of disappointment might express God’s feelings looking at us and at our inner disposition.  Three years ago, when we heard the very same readings from...

We Are Known By Our Fruit

The last line in our first reading for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time says, “Praise no one before he speaks, for it is then that people are tested.” (Sirach 27:7) And the last line in our Gospel says, “From the fullness of the heart the mouth...

Bearing the Divine Imprint of Love

By and large, it is commonly accepted that artists leave their peculiar imprint on each of their creations. When such uniqueness is not found we speak of counterfeits, imitations, fakes. With this in mind, let us go over again the reading from the...

Our Ability to Love

For the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear that beautiful letter from St. Paul (1 Cor 12:31-13:13) in which he speaks of spiritual gifts, the greatest of which is love. Scripture tells us that God is love and that God is the Creator of all...

Why I Can’t See Heaven

I consider myself the “Job of Travel.” I am convinced that God and the Devil wait to see how much my faith can be tested each time I travel through O’Hare airport. Seriously, is there a smartphone game out there for trying to see how many bags...

God is a Communion of Love

To the mysterious aspects of life we ought to add the mysterious message hidden in the Gospel passage from John (2:1-11). We are quite familiar with it, but we do not really know how rich with meaning each line is. The first thing that jumps right...

Return of Romance

At the risk of giving up my “Torch of Manhood” credential, I admitted to a buddy the other day that I watch Hallmark movies. To my surprise, he said he does too. Is manhood lost in 2018? No, I propose it is making a return. Manhood loves romance...

Listening and Loving

For decades, E.F. Hutton was one of the most respected financial firms in the United States. While providing investors with solid investing advice, the firm became known for its powerful TV commercials. Their commercials were set at restaurants...

True Greatness

Our Gospel reading for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is from Mark (9:30-37), and it follows immediately after the story of the Transfiguration. That incident was a very moving and awesome experience for the apostles. They were enthusiastic about...