"In verbo veritatis" (2 Cor 6:7)

May 29, 2011

“I will not leave you orphans”

Filed under: Homilies — komonchak @ 10:07 am

Sixth Sunday in Eastertide – May 29, 2011 – St. John’s, Goshen

It is a good practice, when listening to the biblical readings at Mass, to try to find a statement or a phrase or even a single word that you can take away and sort of stow in your memory as a source of wisdom or of comfort or of challenge to which you can refer during the rest of the day or the rest of the week or even for much longer times, even for a lifetime. This may require, of course, that you spend some time looking over the Scripture readings before or after Mass, or that you listen with special attention as they are being read during Mass, listening with the expectation that somewhere in the three readings of Sunday Mass or in the responsorial Psalm there will be a word that finds an echo in your heart and mind. As St. Augustine often said, if you don’t bring the ears of the heart, you will not be able to hear a word that God may wish to speak to you. (more…)

May 14, 2011

Recognizing his voice

Filed under: Homilies — komonchak @ 10:08 am

Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 15, 2011 – St. John’s

Images of shepherding are found often in the Bible, and it is this tradition that lies behind the Gospel we have just heard in which Christ refers to himself as a shepherd. The Israelites were among the ancient peoples that used the metaphor to refer to their leaders, and nowhere more powerfully than in the indictment brought against the kings of Israel in the thirty-fourth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel. Listen to it: (more…)

May 7, 2011

At the breaking of the bread

Filed under: Homilies — komonchak @ 2:30 pm

Third Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2011 – St. John’s

What a rich set of readings we are blessed with today with which to continue our reflection on and thanksgiving for what God has done for Christ and for us in his resurrection! In them we can hear and almost feel the awe and joy with which the disciples of Jesus themselves received the good news of Christ’s resurrection and then began to preach it as what St. Paul would call the “word of salvation,” the fulfilment of Israel’s hopes and the reconciliation of the whole world to God. We see and hear Christianity, the Church, being born out of faith in the risen Lord. (more…)

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