form

This Sunday’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2:6-11 contains a well known and powerful description of Jesus. In the opening of this passage, Paul describes Jesus as being in the “form” of God. What does that say about Jesus? The Greek word for form, μορφή (morphe), describes and refers …

magnify

This week’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 1:20 contains the powerful comment that “Christ will be magnified in [his] body.” Most interestingly, this statement shares a word in common with Mary’s Magnificat in the Gospel According to Luke, though it can be easy to miss the comparison depending on the …

wrath

This Sunday’s reading from the Book of Sirach looks at the role of wrath, anger, and vengefulness in connection with faith. It’s worth being …

agape

In this Sunday’s reading from the Letter to the Romans 13:8-10, Paul wraps up a central theme throughout this letter by saying …

duped

This Sunday’s Mass readings open with a frequently quoted verse from the Book of Jeremiah 20:7: “You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself …

rock

In this Sunday’s reading from the Gospel According to Matthew 16:13-23, Simon proclaims Jesus the Son of God, and Jesus in turns …

dogs

In the coming Sunday’s reading from the Gospel According to Matthew 15:26, Jesus responds to a Canaanite woman’s request for assistance by …

ghost

For most people, the word ghost calls up the idea of a dead spirit, and this idea can get in the way of understanding this …

metamorphosis

This coming Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The reading from the Gospel According to Matthew 17:1-9 …

nihil obstat & imprimatur

At our annual summer Turning to God’s retreat recently, we had a discussion about the meaning of nihil obstat and imprimatur in …