The Unfailing Kingdom

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 31st, 201
Memorial of St. John Bosco, Priest

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Rusty Crucifix, by Jeffrey Knight

 

 

“WHEN the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

It’s a rather haunting question. What could possibly bring about such a condition whereby the greater part of humanity will have lost its faith in God? The answer is, they will have lost faith in His Church.

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Find a Home for the Lord

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 30th, 2014

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Darknessroad

 

 

SOMETIMES I look down the narrow, darkening road of the future, and I find myself crying out, “Jesus! Give me the courage to go down this path.” In times like these, I am tempted to tone down my message, taper my zeal, and measure my words. But then I catch myself and say, “Mark, Mark… What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?

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Seeds of Hope… and Warning

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 29th, 2014

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I find this one of the most challenging of all the Gospel parables, for I see myself in one soil or the other. How often does the Lord speak a word in my heart… and then I soon forget it! How often does the mercy and consolation of the Spirit bring me joy, and then the slightest trial throws me into confusion again. How often do worries and concerns of this world carry me away from the reality that God always carries me in the palm of His hand… Ah, cursed forgetfulness!

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The Ark and the Son

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 28th, 2014
Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas

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THERE are some interesting parallels in today’s Scriptures between the Virgin Mary and the Ark of the Covenant, which is an Old Testament type of Our Lady.

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Driving Life Away

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 27th, 2014
Opt. Memorial St. Angela Merici

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WHEN David marched on Jerusalem, the inhabitants at that time shouted:

You cannot enter here: the blind and the lame will drive you away!

David, of course, is an Old Testament type of Christ. And indeed, it was the spiritually blind and lame, “the scribes who had come from Jerusalem…”, who tried to drive Jesus out by casting shadows on His reputation and twisting His good works into appearing as something evil.

Today, there are also those who wish to twist what is truth, beauty, and goodness into something intolerant, oppressive, and wrong. Take for instance the pro-life movement:

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When The Light Comes

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 25th, 2014
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

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THERE is believed by many saints and mystics in the Church to be an event coming known as the “Illumination”: a moment when God will reveal to everyone in the world at once the condition of their souls. [1]cf. The Eye of the Storm

I pronounced a great day… wherein the terrible Judge should reveal all men’s consciences and try every man of each kind of religion. This is the day of change, this is the Great Day which I threatened, comfortable to the well-being, and terrible to all heretics. —St. Edmund Campion, Cobett’s Complete Collection of State Trials…, Vol. I,  p. 1063.

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837), known and praised by popes for her astoundingly accurate visions, also spoke of such an event.

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Casualties of Confusion

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 24th, 2014
Memorial of St. Francis de Sales

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WHAT the Church needs most today, said Pope Francis, “is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful… I see the church as a field hospital after battle.” [1]cf. americamagazine.org, Sept. 30th, 2013 Ironically, some of the first wounded rolling in since his pontificate began are casualties of confusion, mostly “conservative” Catholics bewildered by statements and actions of the Holy Father himself. [2]cf. Misunderstanding Francis

The truth is that Pope Francis has done and said certain things that require clarification or has left the hearer wondering, “Who was he just referring to?” [3]cf. “Michael O’Brien on Pope Francis and the New Phariseeism” The important question is how can and should one respond to such concerns? The answer is twofold, revealed in today’s readings: first on the level of an emotional response, and second, on the level of a faith response.

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1. cf. americamagazine.org, Sept. 30th, 2013
2. cf. Misunderstanding Francis
3. cf. “Michael O’Brien on Pope Francis and the New Phariseeism”

iWorship

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 23rd, 2014

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ONE of the giants of our time whose head has grown extraordinarily large is narcissism. In a word, it is self-absorption. One could even argue that this has now become self-worship, or what I call “iWorship.”

St. Paul gives a long list of what souls will look like in the “last days.” Guess what is at the top?

There will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful… (2 Tim 3:1-2)

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Five Smooth Stones

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 22th, 2014
Memorial of St. Vincent

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HOW do we slay the giants in our day of atheism, individualism, narcissism, utilitarianism, Marxism and all the other “isms” that have brought humanity to the point of self-destructing? David answers in today’s first reading:

It is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves. For the battle is the LORD’s and he shall deliver you into our hands.

St. Paul put David’s words into the contemporary light of the new covenant:

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. (1 Cor 4:20)

It is the power of the Holy Spirit that converts hearts, peoples, and nations. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that illuminates minds to the truth. It is the power of the Holy Spirit so desperately needed in our times. Why do you think Jesus is sending His Mother among us? It is to form that cenacle of the Upper Room once again that a “new Pentecost” may descend upon the Church, setting her and the world aflame! [1]cf. Charismatic?  Part VI

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Little Things That Matter

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for January 21th, 2014
Memorial of St. Agnes

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The mustard seed grows into the largest of trees

 

 

THE Pharisees had it all wrong. They were obsessed with details, watching like hawks to find fault with this or that person, with any little thing that wasn’t according to “standard.”

The Lord is also concerned with the little things… but in a much different way.

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