July 22, 2019

Tag - Sin

God’s Breath of Life

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 22:23) The unmistakable message that John is conveying to...

Imagine If God Were to Profile Us

Recently, at the Maryland State House of Delegates an animation video of a late term abortion was shown. It gruesomely depicted the dismemberment of a preborn baby done with sharp forceps. Most of the viewers were horrified by the protracted cruelty...

You Sat Exhausted Looking for Me

There is a stanza in the ancient hymn Dies Irae (Day of wrath) of all hymns that reminds us of the core message of the gospel narrative (Jn 4:5-42) for the Third Sunday of Lent. Quaerens me sedisti lassus, Redimisti Crucem passus, tantus labor non...

Rise, and Do Not Be Afraid

I grew up on a farm, and sometimes I rode with my father on the tractor when he was out working in the fields. On occasion he let me take the steering wheel; that was okay, because he was still the one actually driving. When I was about eleven...

Bluffin’ with My Muffin?

It was Detroit, in 2006. That was the last time I watched a halftime show during the Superbowl. In the following eleven years, I have had no desire to see any of the acts, and with the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, and Katy Perry as the big-name...

The Gospel Truth

What do we truly get out of the Gospel passages whenever we hear them proclaimed in church on Sunday? I believe that it would be much more spiritually beneficial if, at least now and then, we would not take the gospel selection as … Gospel truth...

Everything God Does is Good

Nothing is known about the life of Zacchaeus following his conversion, but there’s a legend that after his encounter with Christ, every single morning he would get up early and leave his house for about half-an-hour, before returning home for his...

The Anointed Ones

Regarding baptism, the theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, reflected: “The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate...

Owing Up to Our Sins

The world out there is very generous and “easy” in extolling people but also quick in knocking them down. Our God is quite different. Consider the following two sentences: Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God...

The Adam Gene

I wonder if anyone remembers comedian Flip Wilson? One of his stock characters was a character named Geraldine? She was a woman of easy virtue, who when someone dared to point out her misbehavior, would raise her voice in a shrill and defensive...