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  • LORD OF OUR DARKNESS

    “As evening drew on, they brought Him all who were ill, and those possessed by demons.” —Mark 1:32

    In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals in the evening, in the midst of the darkness (Mk 1:32-34). Jesus entered the darkness to drive the demons out of the darkness. “A people living in darkness has seen a great light. On those who inhabit a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen” (Mt 4:16).
    In today’s first reading, Jesus enters the darkness of our fallen human state (Heb 2:14ff). He became one of us. The Almighty God, Whom the universe could not contain (1 Kgs 8:27), became “like His brothers in every way, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest before God on their behalf, to expiate the sins of the people. Since He was Himself tested through what He suffered, He is able to help those who are tempted” (Heb 2:17-18).
    Jesus took on our human condition. He bears our afflictions and infirmities (Mt 8:17; Is 53:4). He takes the initiative to come to us not in our strength and beauty, but in our weakness and darkness. Have you ever felt unworthy of God’s love? You are not unworthy to Jesus. He came to seek and save the lost (Lk 19:10). He is the Lamb of God, gentle, innocent, and pure, yet He comes to take away the sins of the w…[Read more]

  • Knowledge of the Father consists in the self-revelation of the Son

    From the treatise “Against the Heresies”
    by
    St Irenaeus
    [ c.130 – 202 A.D. ]

    No one can know the Father apart from God’s Word, that is, unless the Son reveals him, and no one can know the Son unless the Father so wills. Now the Son fulfils the Father’s good pleasure: the Father sends, the Son is sent, and he comes. The Father is beyond our sight and comprehension; but he is known by his Word, who tells us of him who surpasses all telling. In turn, the Father alone has knowledge of his Word. And the Lord has revealed both truths. Therefore, the Son reveals the knowledge of the Father by his revelation of himself. Knowledge of the Father consists in the self-revelation of the Son, for all is revealed through the Word.
    The Father’s purpose in revealing the Son was to make himself known to us all and so to welcome into eternal rest those who believe in him, establishing them in justice, preserving them from death. To believe in him means to do his will.
    Through creation itself the Word reveals God the Creator. Through the world he reveals the Lord who made the world. Through all that is fashioned he reveals the craftsman who fashioned it all. Through the Son the Word reveals the Father who begot…[Read more]

  • This past Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. I combined the four Gospels into a narrative with images of the Holy Land which I visited: “Living With Christ During His Baptism of Water and the Holy Spirit Through Images of the Holy Land on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

  • Full Text Pro-Life Letter of Pope Francis “… promote and protect human life at every stage of its development, its condemnation of abortion and euthanasia as extremely grave evils…”

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  • USCCB REFLECTION

  • ORDERED TIME

    “Have You come to destroy?” —Mark 1:24

    The Church has now entered the season of Ordinary Time. A more precise meaning would be “Ordered Time,” for this season of the Church Year is marked by godly order rather than ordinary, boring activity. Today’s Gospel shows the impact of God’s order coming into a situation. A man in the synagogue is possessed by a demon (Mk 1:23). His life is disordered by Satan and his demons rather than ordered under the freedom and order of the children of God. Jesus casts out the demon and sets this man free. This is no “ordinary” worship service! This man’s life is now under the order of God instead of the possession of Satan.
    The demon asks Jesus: “Have you come to destroy us?” (Mk 1:24) The answer is a resounding “Yes!” “It was to destroy the devil’s works that the Son of God revealed Himself” (1 Jn 3:8). Jesus came to destroy the godless secular culture, sin, death, fear, injustice, hatred, the kingdom of darkness, and all that opposes the reign of God in this world. Jesus destroys so that the foundation site can be clear to build what will last. Jesus is a Carpenter (Mt 13:55), and He knows that a house cannot be built on a disordered foundation (see Mt 7:24-27).
    In this season of Ordered Time, cooperate w…[Read more]

  • The ability to love is within each of us

    From the Detailed Rules for Monks
    by
    St. Basil the Great, bishop
    [ c.329 – 379 A.D. ]

    Love of God is not something that can be taught. We did not learn from someone else how to rejoice in light or want to live, or to love our parents or guardians. It is the same – perhaps even more so – with our love for God: it does not come by another’s teaching. As soon as the living creature (that is, man) comes to be, a power of reason is implanted in us like a seed, containing within it the ability and the need to love. When the school of God’s law admits this power of reason, it cultivates it diligently, skilfully nurtures it, and with God’s help brings it to perfection.
    For this reason, as by God’s gift, I find you with the zeal necessary to attain this end, and you on your part help me with your prayers. I will try to fan into flame the spark of divine love that is hidden within you, as far as I am able through the power of the Holy Spirit.
    First, let me say that we have already received from God the ability to fulfil all his commands. We have then no reason to resent them, as if something beyond our capacity were being asked of us. We have no reason either to be angry, as if we had to pay back more than we had received. W…[Read more]

  • Saint Paul the Hermit

    Saint Paul the Hermit

  • Jesus wants Faithful Followers

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  • NET-WORK

    Jesus “observed Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea.” —Mark 1:16

    Jesus called the fishermen, Simon and Andrew, after observing them casting their nets into the sea. When Jesus called them, “they immediately abandoned their nets and became His followers” (Mk 1:18). He called the next two apostles, James and John, while they were putting their nets in order (Mk 1:19). Nets are mentioned three times in Mark’s account of Jesus calling the first four apostles. What is the significance of the nets?
    From the fish’s point of view, nets are traps which take away the fish’s freedom and lead to their death. When we follow Jesus, we must abandon our nets. We must repent of sinful patterns in our lives which have trapped us and brought about our spiritual death. Through repentance, we can be free to follow Jesus.
    From the fisherman’s point of view, nets are essential to his work. Therefore, these nets need to be in order, and the fisherman must cast them into the sea skillfully and frequently. The nets are our evangelistic outreach. To follow Jesus means to be fishers of men and women (Mk 1:17). To follow Jesus without daily and frequently evangelizing is a contradiction.
    All Christians must evangelize. Leave the nets of sin and cast t…[Read more]

  • All wisdom comes from the Word of God on high

    From a letter of Pope St Clement I
    to
    the Corinthians

    We shall pray without ceasing to the Creator of all things, and beg him to preserve the number of his elect throughout the whole world, through his beloved son Jesus Christ, and not let a single one of them fall away.
    Through him you called us from darkness into light and gave us the knowledge of the glory of your name. He taught us to hope in you, from whom all creation has its being. He opened our eyes so that we would recognise you, most high among the highest, holy and surrounded by holiness. You put an end to the pride of the arrogant, you frustrate the plans of the gentiles, you raise up the lowly and bring down those who are exalted. You give riches and give poverty, you dispense both death and life. You succour every spirit, you are the God of all flesh. You behold what is hidden in the depths, you see all that men do. You give help to those in peril and rescue to those without hope. You create all that has breath and watch over it; you multiply the peoples of the earth, and from among them you choose those who love you through Jesus Christ your beloved Son, through whom you give us wisdom, holiness, and honour.
    We beg you, Lord, to be our help and our…[Read more]

  • Saint Gregory Nazianzen

    Saint Gregory Nazianzen

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