'Christ at Mass' Tagged Posts (Page 5)

'Christ at Mass' Tagged Posts (Page 5)

Christ at Mass Reflection (March 22, 2020)

In recent years, society has changed its thinking about conditions like blindness, deafness and autism.  Once considered defects or maladies, they are now understood as aspects of human variation—or, as a Catholic might say, ways that God brings certain of His children into the world.  Our own parishioner Kierstyn Kuehnle, who was born with deafness, recently put it this way: “God does not make mistakes.  There is nothing wrong with us.  We are created this way, and God has laid…

Mass Reflection (Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22, 2020)

Our eyesight is important to us.  Human beings tend to physically navigate through life mostly by sight and less by hearing and smell.  However, eyesight is useless without light.  Throughout the bible light is used as a metaphor for God’s revelation.  Psalm 119 is a good example telling us that the law of God is a lamp to light our path.  We get this metaphor from St Paul in Ephesians 5:8 – 14 (second reading for the fourth Sunday of…

Mass Reflection (Third Sunday of Lent, March 15, 2020)

We have all heard the story of Christ’s encounter with the woman at the well many times.  Christ comes into the town of Sychar in Samaria (northern Israel) hungry, tired and thirsty.  He meets a Samaritan woman who, as we would say today, has “relationship issues.”  This is a story of kind healing by Christ.  We need to remember that Christian teachers for centuries have seen this woman as a metaphor for the people of God, and in fact the…

Christ at Mass Reflection (March 8, 2020)

Most of us are familiar with the title, “The Transfiguration” for this Gospel from Saint Matthew. It is a gospel with a feeling of awe and wonder, don’t you agree?. Imagine the emotions of Peter, and the brothers, James and John. I say emotions, because intellectually how could they comprehend the magnificent event they witnessed on this mountain top? How could these simple fishermen absorb the sight of the human Jesus, glowing with Celestial brightness, speaking to Moses and Elijah?…

Mass Reflection (First Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020)

How did we get here?  That question has a lot of parts; where did the universe come from, how is it that people exist, but, perhaps most importantly, why do we cause so much trouble for each other?  Genesis, the first book of the bible, lays that out for us.  Without going into a detailed analysis of Genesis there are two basic facts we should consider.  First, God brought human persons into existence in a right relationship with Him.  Interestingly,…

Christ at Mass Reflection (March 1, 2020)

For many years, one of the things that I couldn’t figure out about the Genesis story was the line from the first reading today, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized they were naked…” Perhaps, like me, you wonder(ed), “Well, why didn’t they know they were naked before the fall? What possibly could their nakedness have to do with the fall?? Why did they make loincloths after the fall?” It was in a series of…