It was just then I heard the voice in my heart say: ‘It’s time.’ It was time. He might not know it yet … but I did. I stood and fetched the oil of nard my inner voice had had me save all these years for him. I prayed. I wrapped a towel around my waist. Unbound my hair. And, as the room hushed, knelt … Read more
A faith that does not go beyond pious words and theological thoughts is dead. Jesus warns disciples who cry “Lord, Lord,”but do not do His Father’s will”. (Mt 7, 21-23) The letter of St. James condemns Christians who “dishonour the poor” and refuse to give them what they need to live. “Faith without works is dead.” (Jm 2) The mission of the Church has always … Read more
What was Jesus writing? Commentators cannot resist spending considerable ingenuity and ink trying to work out what it was that Jesus leaned down to write with his finger on the ground, with suggestions ranging from listing the sins of all the scribes and Pharisees who were there, to just ignoring them and showing his contempt for them by doodling in the sand. We simply cannot … Read more
The presence of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in war-torn areas is a sign of hope. They are wise, valiant, and good-hearted people who, following their vocation, work under extremely dangerous conditions. Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
Acceptance All great spirituality is about letting go. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection show us how to win by losing. In fact, this “Path of Descent” could be called the metanarrative of the Bible. It is so obvious, consistent, and constant that it’s hidden in plain sight. Christianity has overlooked this overwhelmingly obvious message by focusing on other things. Why did that happen? How … Read more