Tagged: Eucharist

To Find Splendor in the Unspectacular

There are two supernatural events narrated in today’s scripture readings. The first event concerns Abraham (Gn 15:5-12, 17-18). Abraham heard God speak, saying, “I have brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you possession of this land.” But...

To Find Splendor in the Unspectacular

The Sacred and the Mundane

What is the “sacred”? Too often, we see it as the opposite of the mundane or common. This view is incorrect and can damage our understanding of the Faith. A setting apart In a previous essay for WPI, I explained...

The Sacred and the Mundane

The Consolations of John 6

Every three years, the Sunday Gospel readings spend a few weeks working through chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. The Year B Gospel readings mostly focus on Mark’s Gospel and so John 6 comes as a somewhat startling and...

The Consolations of John 6

Beyond the Breaking Point

A homily for the twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle B). Readings available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is the custom of the simple: they ever find fault with the more subtle doctrines and foolishly tear in...

Beyond the Breaking Point
Juan De Juanes, Last Supper

The Eucharist needs to be more inclusive

The conversation around the Eucharist in recent months has focused on political figures and “Eucharistic coherence.” I can’t help but juxtapose these largely theoretical discussions with the real barriers to the Eucharist that exist for many of the faithful. I...

The Eucharist needs to be more inclusive

Avoiding spiritual junk food

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, August 8, 2021 — the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time When it comes to consuming junk food, Americans are number one. Here are some statistics I came across that prove the point: Most Americans...

Avoiding spiritual junk food

God does not judge us our grumblings

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, August 1, 2021 — the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time What can we do to accomplish the works of God? (John 6:28) This question is posed by the growing crowds who have been journeying...

God does not judge us our grumblings

Why did God choose bread and wine?

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, July 25, 2021 — the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time “And this food is called among us Εὐχαριστία [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that...

Why did God choose bread and wine?

The New Covenant – A ‘New Normal’

When I prepared my Holy Thursday homily last year, the pandemic was raging, public liturgies were suspended, everybody participated online, there was no washing of feet, and—besides the celebrant—no one received the bread and wine of the Last Supper. As...

The New Covenant – A ‘New Normal’

Still, A Time to Give Thanks

This has been a Thanksgiving like no other. A national holiday that we otherwise celebrate with abandon is being observed with utmost caution, restraint, devoid of large family gatherings, and perhaps, even alone. A pandemic Thanksgiving – it almost sounds...

Still, A Time to Give Thanks