How much do we trust? This question is at the heart of Fr. Tony Cutcher’s reflection on what he calls “the prophets of science fiction.” He says: “How much do we trust our God? Or, how much do we trust our technology? We need to be able to prove our science fiction writers wrong: that there really is room for God in the 23rd century.”
There’s a lot to unpack in the beatitudes. Fr. Deepak D’Souza reflects on them in light of the reality of suffering. He prays: “Let us be those blessed people — not give up — and have joy in life. And that joy which he is bringing to us, nobody can take away.”
Between the call of Simon Peter and the spiritual poetry of Psalm 23, Fr. Deepak D'Souza offers a beautiful reflection on what it means to be in the presence of God. "Our conversion," he says, "begins the moment we are in the presence of God...The moment we realize that we are in his presence, it humbles us. It makes us feel how unworthy we are. Still, he comes to us. He chooses each one of us."
The reality of a universal call to holiness is significant for every single one of us. Fr. Joseph Kindel reflects on this in a simple and beautiful way. He says: “God calls each one because he loves you. And he wants you to be able to have a part in His great plan to bring that love to every person.”
Faith cannot be stagnate. It must be alive and on fire with active love. Fr. Tony Cutcher reflects on this as he brilliantly connects the Sunday readings. He says: “When we move deeper into our faith and deeper into our understanding of God and his son, our Lord Jesus Christ, we find the heart of love — the love that St. Paul describes, the love that endures. It is this love, this heart of love, from which God loves us into existence…”
Love demands time and genuine respect. It bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. And wherever there is no love, there is only noise. On St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians, Fr. Deepak D’Souza says: “If we have that kind of respect and make space for each other, surely we will persist and we will have much more love and much more intimacy…”
St. Paul has a lot to say about what love is and is not in his first letter to the Corinthians. Fr. Joseph Kindel reflects on it here, saying: “Love is always seeking to heal. Living in this world where we do sin and hurt each other and hurt ourselves, there’s a need for healing, a need for forgiveness, a need for mercy, a need to reconcile, to mend hurts so that love or charity doesn’t have anymore obstacles.”
How do we give Christ to one another? This is the central question of Fr. Deepak D’Souza’s continued reflection on the Church as the Body of Christ, on humans as relational beings. He says: “We are all integrated into his body. No matter whether we are eye or tongue or nose or ear, each part is so important. And we are all to play our role and respect one another and see Christ in each other and give Christ to one another.”
Why would God take on flesh and walk among men? Couldn't salvation be achieved some other way? Using the modern-day parable of the birds, Fr. Deepak D'Souza answers these questions and more [in this Christmas homily that once was lost but has been found].
What is the mystical Body of Christ? On the feast of The Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Deepak D'Souza contemplates the unifying effects of the Sacrament of Baptism, which makes us all one in Christ. He says: "Whenever something goes wrong with us — when we walk away or we lead a sinful life — it affects the entire Church, the entire Body of Christ."