Articles by: Fr. George Smiga

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.

Homilies

Burning Up

Burning Up

What if Peter’s mother-in-law was “burning up” not with a fever but emotionally? If she was really upset about something, it would change the nature of Jesus’ miracle.

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.

Homilies

What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

There are different kinds of time. Greek uses two words to distinguish them: “chronos” and “kairos.” Advent is “kairos time.”

Homilies

Beware of the Mousetrap!

Beware of the Mousetrap!

Sometimes we imagine that we can separate ourselves from others without any consequence to ourselves. But the gospel understands that when we choose to build walls, they are just as likely to hurt us as to protect us.

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!

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Christmas Pilgrimage

Christmas Pilgrimage

My prayer for all of us is that we would celebrate this Christmas not as tourists but as pilgrims. And what is a pilgrim? There are two possible definitions, and both of them apply.

Homilies

The Cost of Family Love

The Cost of Family Love

The movement by which we open ourselves to love is the same movement by which we open ourselves to pain. You can’t have one without the other. Both thrive in family.

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Keeping God Off Your List

Keeping God Off Your List

We would be wise to make lists for ourselves of what to do for the holidays. But it is important to keep God off our lists.

Bible Study

Course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute

Course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute

Political Power, Personality, and the Sovereignty of God:
The Books of First and Second Samuel

Homilies

Take It In. Spread It Around.

Take It In. Spread It Around.

We must take God’s affirmation in. We are always inclined to look at the negative parts of our life. But there is no power in our failures.

Homilies

In Relationship Forever

In Relationship Forever

There’s a German proverb which says, “Those who live in Christ will never see each other for the last time.”