What is an unclean spirit doing in a synagogue? We can certainly presume that he did not come to listen to Jesus’ teaching!
The Book of Jonah is a fable written by a Jew to tell us that we should never believe that God hates our enemies as we do.
Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.
The angel appears to Mary and begins with a beautiful greeting: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Why then does the next line tell us that Mary was greatly disturbed?
What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”
Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.
Catholic teaching insists that the Jewish people are not cursed or responsible for Jesus’ death. Yet Matthew 27:15-26 presents the Jewish crowd “as a whole” calling for crucifixion and saying that Jesus’ blood might fall upon them!
The scriptures do not tell us how many wise men came to honor the Christ Child. But the Christian imagination concluded that if there were three gifts, there were three magi. This insight has deep spiritual meaning.
Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.
The story of Samuel asks us not to be prepared in case God calls us but to recognize signs in our life that God has already called us.
It is said that as Jesus comes out of the water, the Spirit of God descends on him like a dove. But scholars cannot figure out what the dove is meant to signify.