Rich Toward God

Sin is especially seen in selfishness.  As we worship and magnify self, God and our neighbor are pushed out of our lives. Thus they are not loved, and love is the fulfillment of the law.  Jesus thus warns in Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 12:13-21), ““Take care, and be on your...

On Prayer

The disciples requested of Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1).  To some this seems like a strange question because, to be sure, a child can breathe out a good prayer.  Herein lies the apparent conundrum:  We are to have faith...

One Thing Is Necessary

Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching.  The one thing necessary is continued catechesis—continued learning and growing in the Word of Christ. This is what Mary was doing. In Luke 1:4 we are informed that the Gospel was written so that the unidentified...

The Samaritan

In telling the parable of The Good Samaritan Jesus appears to have made a tactical blunder.  Speaking to Jews, and particularly to a Jewish “lawyer”—who by definition was an authority on Jewish law—Jesus makes the merciful hero of his parable a Samaritan.  The “good...