Sunday, May 26, 2013

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Trinity: such sublime truth. And such silly fools we are for trying to make sense out of it. Why do we insist on turning poetry into physics? Why do we let our brains rule our souls? That is the original, Original Sin. "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now." Will we ever be ready?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pentecost Sunday

The real gift we celebrate today is an invitation to participate in the sharing of grace. But is that a gift we want to accept? Are we willing to serve every last one of our Parent's children, or only those who please us? I say that all of us will receive our measure of grace, whether in this life or the next. But if it is the latter, be not surprised when you are seated at table next to the sibling you left in shackles.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

"Why are you standing there looking at the sky?" Are you trying to figure this one out, as if God just handed you a puzzle to solve? Or are you gazing in awe and wonder, now that life has been revealed to be far more glorious than you ever imagined? Are we so intent on turning mystery into something logical and reasonable, that we fail to enjoy the sheer beauty of the irrational?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sixth Sunday of Easter

"Not as the world gives do I give it to you." That should be obvious, given the Christmas and Easter stories. But just like the first disciples, we continue to try to get Jesus on our terms. Which inevitably leaves us disappointed, because grace does not look or feel the way we expect it to. In our minds, peace will only arrive once our siblings stop killing one another. Under that definition, we are going to be waiting for a very long time. But if we want peace now, rather than later, all we need to do is trust. "Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." Alleluia! Alleluia!