The parables of the pearl and the treasure tell us that sometimes we find the kingdom of God by searching for it, and other times we simply stumble upon it.
The parable of the weeds and the wheat tells us that refusing to use violence is not a lesser way or a cowardly way but Christ’s way. When we refuse to use our authority and power to coerce others, we are not settling for second best.
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 lives of St. Peter and St. Paul are a model of both discipleship and irony.
God is beyond human understanding. How then can the actions of this unknowable God be expressed? Only through limited human language. The descriptions of the Spirit of God in the scriptures are efforts to express the inexpressible God. A history of the Spirit’s actions etches a portrait of our invisible God.
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.”
Seeing is more than taking light and color into our eyes. It also involves our minds and our hearts. Seeing includes believing.
Normally we see doubt as the opposite of faith. But there are times doubt can be the companion of faith. Doubt can call faith to deepen and to mature.
If you receive the Eucharist well, you are what you eat. Be what you see. Receive what you already are.
Wisdom calls out the generosity and welcome of God, and Liberty calls out the generosity and welcome of this nation.
Is the Parable of the Sower a comedy or a tragedy? It all depends on how you read it. The same is true of our lives.