Tag Archives: Scriptural reflections

Matthew 8

With perfect timing, today’s gospel reading is the story of the centurion: When Jesus entered Capernaum,a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,”Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”The centurion said in reply,”Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under […]

More undignified than this

A 1977 article urging communion in the hand on the basis (inter alia) that it is “dignified” made me think about the dignity of the Eucharist. I thought about how very dignified Peter must have felt as Jesus washed his feet, and how dignified Jesus must have felt as he washed Judas’ feet. I thought […]

The Magisterium in the early Church

St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians is the oldest writing of the New Testament, predating the gospels by decades and the canon of the New Testament by centuries. It is thus interesting to encounter, as we do in Sunday’s second reading: [I] give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God […]

Mariology and today’s gospel reading

Like Mark 3:31-35, today’s gospel is one of the more difficult for the more extreme claims of mariology: While Jesus was speaking,a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,”Blessed is the womb that carried youand the breasts at which you nursed.”He replied, “Rather, blessed are thosewho hear the word of God and observe […]

On choosing gods and churches

At Wednesday’s general audience, the Holy Father recalled the time when God called Moses to Mount Sinai to deliver the ten commandments: While the Lord is giving the Law to Moses on the mountain, at the foot of the mountain the people sin. Unable to endure the wait and the absence of the mediator [i.e. Moses], […]