Tom Brady is a GOAT. Perhaps the greatest of all time to play quarterback for an NFL team … or two. In New England, we are grateful for the enjoyment he provided over twenty years and the gracious way in which he moved on to Tampa Bay. He has found in the four agreements a core set of beliefs and practices that help him to be free, to be happy and to love his family, friends, and others.
When we hear about the man with the unclean spirit, we're told that neither chains nor shackles could hold him, and certainly, no man could restrain him either. At times, we're tempted to think of Jesus as merely a gentle soul. But, in recent gospel readings from Mark, we've seen the authority and power of Jesus defeat evil without trepidation or fear.
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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.
What’s wrong with us? What went wrong in human history? Advent is a time to ponder and to wonder about our world that is so problematic, yet so important to the Lord that He himself comes to save it!
On a winter evening, a pastor and a member of his parish were sitting beside a fireplace chatting about life. The pastor was trying to interest the parishioner in giving his spiritual life a higher priority. The man insisted he could be a good person without the mass and other requirements of the Church...
When you hear the parable of the king and the servants, which servant do you think you’d be? I think many would say the second one. It’s a safe place to be ... not overconfident but also not the one who did nothing and was punished. None of us wants to think we’d be the servant who merely preserved what was given to him.