Witness

Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

“As followers of Jesus we are called to live before one audience, the audience of One…There is only one voice that matters for us – the voice of God, and not the voice of the people or the voice of the times. And certainly not the warm embrace of popularity, the soft whisper of our own desires for comfort, the siren lure of being ‘on the right side of history’, or the mean faces of the bullying activists and the social media mob. Equally, there is only one judgment that matters and one word of approval that counts in the end: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

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Servants of God – Eighth Meditation in the Studies of 1 Peter

In particular, I think we must realize the contrast between what God through Peter calls us to and the behavior we too often fall into as Christians in a newly hostile or indifferent environment. Our response all too often vacillates between belligerence and withdrawal, between anger and despair, between our own forms of attack–scorn and defamation–and playing the role of the victim. Of course, all of this comes from fear, but that is no excuse. God’s people must behave as God’s people even, or especially, in the moment of greatest challenge.

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Something Beautiful for God – Seventh Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Something Beautiful for God – Seventh Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

The beauty of heroic Christian virtue, humility, and sacrificial love stands out and attracts amidst the banal ugliness of much of this fallen world and it points to the one who is its source, who, in Jesus, is beauty incarnate. I love this way of thinking about what it really means to “maintain good conduct among the gentiles.” It is a much higher calling than we suspect. It is the calling so eloquently and simply captured by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta both in her life and in her exhortation to us: “Make your life Something Beautiful For God.” May this always be our high aspiration.

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Chosen and Destined by God – First Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Chosen and Destined by God – First Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

…Christians are to be, as has been said so often, in the world and for the world, but not of the world. The fact is that it is the Christians’ very difference from the world that is their great contribution to the world. We are not meant to fit in but to stand out (in a good way) and, by doing so, become “the salt of the earth and the light of the world”. (Matthew 5)

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For the Sake of Others – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the Sake of Others – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Paul reminds them of the basic rule of life…He always tried to do what was best for others, not for himself, and in that he had been copying the Messiah himself (see Romans 15:2-3). They must now learn to copy him. If all Christian teachers had it in mind that their hearers were also observers, and that the lessons they learned with the eye would be the ones that went deepest, the gospel might have advanced further and faster.”(Wright, I Corinthians, p. 138)

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A Stream in the Desert – First Reading for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

A Stream in the Desert – First Reading for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

“…We who have so freely received in church often do not deliberately carry that grace to the world as we go. We forget what he has called us to be:

“ You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”(I Peter2:9)

We are the rivers of living water and we must not forget it.”

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A Life Like Lightning – Second Reading for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Life Like Lightning – Second Reading for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nothing can excuse us from sharing our faith verbally. A silent witness is simply insufficient…But who will listen to one who speaks without a life to back it up? No one. We are tired of empty words. But if we put behind our words a life of love, sincerity and integrity, who will not listen? Who is not looking for truth and authenticity?

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