Articles by: Fr. George Smiga

Homilies

Demons in Holy Places

Demons in Holy Places

What is an unclean spirit doing in a synagogue? We can certainly presume that he did not come to listen to Jesus’ teaching!

Homilies

Of Whales and War

Of Whales and War

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.

Video

A Hint

A Hint

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.

Homilies

Troubled by Angels

Troubled by Angels

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?

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Heartbreak

Heartbreak

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.”

Bible Study

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

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.

Jewish-Christian Resources

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

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!

Homilies

Three Gifts, Three Kings

Three Gifts, Three Kings

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.

Homilies

The Goats Speak Back

The Goats Speak Back

Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.

Homilies

When God Keeps Calling

When God Keeps Calling

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.

Homilies

A Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

A Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

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.

Jewish-Christian Resources

Top 10 Dangers in Preaching

Top 10 Dangers in Preaching

The Christian preaching tradition has been molded upon a paradigm which promotes Jesus at the expense of Judaism. As a result, often by default, Judaism is routinely denigrated when Jesus is preached.