Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Augustine points out something strange about the healing of Bartimaeus.  We know that the prefix “bar-” means “son of,” and so it is kind of redundant to say the Bartimaeus was the son of Timaeus.  St. Mark tends to be quick and brief in his Gospel, so if he includes this otherwise redundant fact, we may infer with St. Augustine that Timaeus was well known.  We may also infer, with St. Augustine, that Bartimaeus was a disgrace to his father’s name because not only is he blind, but he is left begging on the street.  Bartimaeus has been rejected by his father and is left to fend for himself.  Whatever Bartimaeus has been or done, not only was he shunned by his father, he is also shunned by those around him – no one feels sorry for him.  You can almost hear people saying, “If he were just a blind man, we could have pity on him – the problem is that besides being blind, he is a terrible person!” read more

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

The last day of Kairos is never supposed to end.  That’s why we talk about living the fourth.  Jesus rose on the third day, and the fourth day was the first of the Resurrection.  Your fourth day is the day (and every day) that you choose to live your resurrected life.  One of the challenges surrounding this – one that you have already experienced and will inevitably continue to experience throughout your life – are the voices that will tell you that it isn’t real.  For over two-thousand years, human beings from all over the world have been living resurrected lives through Jesus Christ.  There have been naysayers, but nothing has stopped the ocean of grace and mercy flowing from the heart of our God – the pierced heart of Jesus crucified.  A great skill to take with you from this Kairos experience is the testing of spirits. read more

Our Lady of the Rosary

One of the things that can happen during Kairos is a maturing in your relationship with God.  Innocence and simplicity are holy and wonderful, but as you become an adult – not just in your human life, but in your life of faith and as a Christian – innocence and simplicity must come to mean something deeper.  Children are innocent and simple by nature, but saints are innocent and simple by co-operating with the grace of God.  In order to move into this deeper meaning of innocence and simplicity, we have to change our minds about what we expect from God.  Today’s first reading talks about two groups of people, those who deny God because things don’t go well for them from a worldly perspective, and those who fear God because they’ve experienced His compassion, His “healing rays.” read more

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