Tag Archives: Salvation

Christ at the Center: Home Edition

August 25, 2013: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 13:22-30 Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in …

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Was Blind, But Now I See

Based on the Gospel Reading for the 2nd Scrutiny. I remember this as clearly as the day I first saw light – my parents had taken me to a wise man in my village. I was so nervous. Even my parents were afraid. His voice was gruff. He did not even ask my name. He seemed distant. I could feel the coldness of his hands… and his heart. He touched my eyes and mumbled. His touch felt like dry wood. “It a punishment for sin,” he said. “But we are good people,” my parents protested. …

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Grace: The Sharing

In the Catholic Christian tradition, grace signifies Christ’s life in us. In ordinary speech, grace means “charm” or “appeal” (“She is a very graceful person.”), but the word’s root meaning has overtones of kindness, favor and gift. In Christian belief, therefore, grace suggests God’s goodness and generosity, which endow us with the life of Christ. Grace is gift par excellence. Grace is our sharing in the salvation and redemption of humankind that was accomplished by the life, death and resurrection of the God-Man, Jesus. It is a new kind of relationship with God. When we …

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All Those Readings!

In the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum, our annual three-day observance of Jesus’ saving death and resurrection, we do ceremonies that are different from our customary weekly or daily celebrations, things that are a bit unusual, things we only do once a year.  When you participate in these holy rituals on these sacred days, you know that it’s not “business as usual.” This is certainly true of the Easter Vigil, the high point of the Triduum.  For one thing, it’s long, much longer than a typical Sunday service.  But that is the point.  The Easter …

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Jesus of Nazareth: That’s Why They Killed Him

In what Jesus taught and did people found a new hope and a new freedom. If God’s love is as abundant as Jesus said, if every human creature, even the seemingly unimportant, has a special dignity, if all are called to participate in the kingdom of God which has already begun, then Jesus was presenting a whole new world. People no longer needed to be ashamed of themselves, to feel the oppression of not really belonging or the despair of not knowing where to turn in their sinfulness. True, there was still sin in the …

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The Gift of Salvation: We Are Being Transformed

“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim …

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