Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thirty Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Son of David, have mercy on me." Bartimaeus, a blind man, begs the Lord Jesus to help him. In Mark's Gospel account of the healing, there may be a play on words, highlighted that Mark repeats himself - Bartimaeus literally means (in Hebrew) Son of Timaeus, a name that in turn means 'unclean'. But St. Mark repeat the name, this time saying that he is a son of Timaeus (in Greek). Timaeus in Greek means 'honor'. Unlike a leper, Bartimaeus calls out not his name "Unclean", but rather Christ's title as the Messiah He knows not only who Christ is, but his own dignity and honor to call out despite the silencing cries of the crowd.

We out to do the same - we have been given a dignity in Christ. Do we call out of that dignity?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Twenty-ninth in Ordinary Time

"Lord, grant us our request." The brother apostles James and John ask the Lord Jesus to give them their desire. Note that Jesus does not chide them on their desire, but rather on their lack of understanding what they really were asking. Were they willing to suffer hardship, willing to serve others? They reply that they were.

Desire in and of itself is a good thing, but it must be balanced. When it is a desire for holiness and comes with not a desire for fame and power, and when it leads toward service, it is good and holy. Let us accept the cup, ultimately the Chalice of the Blood of Christ, and accept the suffering in our life as a part of the suffering of Christ, and serve one another.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New List of Seminarians

We have posted our newest list of Seminarian information. Download it here.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

What must we do to inherit eternal life? The Question that the rich young man is our question, too. Jesus responds to him to keep the Commandments, and then invites him to discipleship. Keeping the Commandments is important, but only a first step, a minimum step. Christ desires us to be more than minimum - we are to live life to the full, to place our trust in Him alone. So we, too, are asked to leave everything behind and to follow the Lord. When we do, we will find every need meet, and will be given everything in extravagance.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Marriage is a vocation, and as such it requires a commitment that is lifelong. Marriage, like priesthood, is under attack. So many seem to simply desire to define these sacraments their own ways, claiming a moral superiority over the Church, Tradition, and ultimately even Christ, based on their 'conscience'. Marriage is between one man and one woman, who willingly, knowingly choose to enter into the union for the good of the couple and the good of children, until death parts them. Anything else ceases to be marriage and rather a perversion of the truth. Christ gives marriage a sacramental grace, and those who enter it enter for life do so with this gift of grace. Just the same, those who are called by God to be priests and respond do so for life, and are given the grace that is needed to live it out their entire lives...