All Saints

Mountains are majestic. They awe us. They inspire us. They draw us. Mountains are ever changing in our beholding—sunrise and sunset bathe them in different lights and colors; winter and summer clothe them in different array; storms and wind wrap them in tremor. No wonder in biblical imagery mountaintops are places of theophany—places where God […]

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What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

We spring into action when what we need seems at hand. The verbs describing Bartimaeus’s actions in this gospel say everything about faith, encountering Jesus, and choosing to follow him. He cried out, kept calling, threw aside his cloak, sprang up and came to Jesus, stated his request, received his sight, followed Jesus. Such need, […]

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You Do Not Know What You Are Asking!

Glory is so attractive! Who doesn’t want to be wealthy and famous? Who doesn’t want a shelf lined with trophies and awards? The attraction of glory spurs us to greater achievement. This is especially true of our baptismal life in the risen Christ. What glory attracts us? What do we aspire to achieve to share […]

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A Divided Heart

Ignorance is bliss! The man eagerly approached Jesus, oblivious to how challenging the encounter would become. Jesus’ reply to the man’s question about what he must do to inherit eternal Life changed his eagerness to sadness. Yes, ignorance is bliss. But is it? The man in the gospel turned away from Jesus because he couldn’t […]

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Hardness of Heart

The longer form of this Sunday’s gospel unfolds in two interrelated situations. The Pharisees approach Jesus to test him about his stance concerning marriage and divorce; the disciples rebuke the people for bringing their children to Jesus. In both situations, God’s intentions for human relationships are being thwarted. In both situations, Jesus upholds human relationships […]

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