"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will conclude a new covenant,” Hebrews 8:8. The entire corpus of the Scriptures presents to us a great vision which is at the same time a fundamental reality, an encompassing biblical principle and intimate revelation.
Being a priest is a wonderful experience for many reasons; one is the brotherhood we share along the way. The other day, some of my priest-brothers here at the Father Peyton Center were kidding me about my stories that come from talking to people at places like the gas station or coffee shop, or grocery store, which remind me of different readings that we hear at the Mass.
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About 120 years ago the English poet, Francis Thompson, wrote these beautiful words: O world invisible, we view thee: O world intangible, we touch thee: O world unknowable, we know thee: Inapprehensible, we clutch thee! May we never cease to be amazed at how the Holy Trinity desires so much to come close to us, how Christ becomes like us, as the letter to the Hebrews says, so that WE CAN LOVE HIM, WE CAN KNOW GOD.
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the Temple and announced the birth of John. When Zachariah asks, “How can I know?” he is reprimanded and punished with 9 months of being unable to speak. Yet when Gabriel appears to Mary and she asks, “How can this be?” why is she not punished?
Each name in the Genealogy of Jesus Reminds us of a Story. Matthew begins his Gospel with, “This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ…” - and continues with a long list of names. Matthew must have had a reason for beginning his Gospel with this extensive list. What is the Gospel of Matthew telling us?
In today's Gospel we hear the question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” As Christian's, we all look to the same book for the answer. Here's why we all come up with the same answer.