Articles by: Fr. George Smiga

Homilies

The Hungry Heart

The Hungry Heart

As we reach out for the things that we want, we are not being selfish. We are following a way to God. Nothing will ultimately satisfy us other than God alone.

Bible Study

Jesus Meets His Wife (John 4)

Jesus Meets His Wife (John 4)

The patriarchs of the Hebrews Scriptures would regularly meet their future spouses at a well. So when Jesus meets a woman at a well in Samaria, the implication is that he is about to be married.

Jewish-Christian Resources

Are You a Pharisee?

Are You a Pharisee?

It is unfortunate that Christians often carry a negative understanding of the Pharisees. Historical research has indicated that Jesus was closer to the Pharisees than to any other religious group.

Homilies

Waiting for the Angels to Come

Waiting for the Angels to Come

The devil comes three times to tempt Jesus. If it takes Jesus three times to send the devil packing, how much more difficult will it be for us? That is why it is essential for us to stand our ground.

Homilies

A Loophole in the Kingdom

A Loophole in the Kingdom

The Beatitudes contain a loophole, an escape clause, by which number of us might gain access to the Kingdom of God.

Homilies

Salt and Light

Salt and Light

Salt has a distinctive flavor. When Jesus tells us that we are to be salt for the earth, he calls us to stand apart.

Homilies

The 100th Monkey

The 100th Monkey

Both the early Rabbis and Japanese monkeys tell us that even the smallest action of loving-kindness is valuable and important.

Homilies

Not Slapping Back

Not Slapping Back

Jesus tells us that we are to respond to violence with non-violence. It would be difficult to find a more challenging teaching in the entire Bible.

Homilies

The Truth of Blinking

The Truth of Blinking

The transfiguration of Jesus calls us to wisdom and humility, claiming the truth that we can see and remembering that there is truth to which we are blind.

Bible Study

Jesus Is Not Against the Law

Jesus Is Not Against the Law

The “antitheses” from the Sermon on the Mount are misunderstood when they are read as Jesus replacing the Jewish Law with a New Law.

Homilies

Taking the Next Step

Taking the Next Step

God has a plan for our lives, but we do not see that plan all at once. This is why we must be willing to take the next step as God gives us the light to see it.

Homilies

Knowing Our Name

Knowing Our Name

Our value, if it is to become real, must be claimed. If our dignity is to have power, we must hear our true name.