In a small country town, a stranger stopped outside the general store and saw a big sign reading: “Danger! Beware of dog!” As he entered, he stepped over Rocky, the shopkeeper’s big bloodhound, sound asleep and blocking the entrance. Looking down at the snoring dog, he turned to the owner and asked, “Is this the dog people are supposed to be afraid of?” “Yep, that’s him,” the owner answered. Amused, the man responded, “He certainly doesn’t look very dangerous to me. Why would you ever post such a sign?” The owner explained: “Because before I put up that sign, people kept tripping over him!”
“Beware, keep alert: for you do not know the time of your Master’s coming. Keep awake!”
In the 1950s, Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev famously described Russian foreign policy as follows: “We have no pride; only interests.” Today’s Gospel presents us with the fascinating encounter between Jesus and an unnamed Canaanite woman, a Gentile, living in what would
Although you wouldn’t guess it from the weather so far, summer is here! A time to wind down from our busy schedules, a time when parish priests are encouraged ro scale their homilies down to "homilettes". And yet, we continue to gather together on the Lord's day, to be nourished by the God who
Locked doors, the Fire of love, and the Breath of the Spirit
Deacon Richard HaberJune 4, 2017
Good morning! We celebrate this morning the completion of the Easter cycle of our liturgical year. We celebrate “the world (is) charged with the grandeur of God…. Because the Holy (Ghost) Spirit over the bent/World broods with warm breast and with ah!
We celebrate today the Ascension of the Lord. It is a fascinating feast, full of paradoxes: a leave-taking that prepares us for an arrival, an absence necessary to reveal a fuller and deeper presence. Jesus had already told his friends that it was necessary that he should go away, so that the promised Spirit could come, and lead them to a deeper and fuller truth. Contained in his farewell discourse, located by St. John on the evening of the Last Supper, it was a message intended to console, to comfort, to strengthen them for the trials to come.
Last year, the world of music and poetry lost an iconic figure: Montreal’s very own Leonard Cohen. Without ever renouncing his Jewish identity and traditions, Leonard was also strongly influenced by Buddhist teaching and practice. There are also many explicitly Christian images in his songs.
I first heard this refrain while returning to Calgary from the Rockies on my way to a medical meeting. I remember being almost moved to tears by the plaintive quality of the voice singing it. As I was preparing this homily, wondering how can one possibly put into any kind of human words what we
“Lord, it is good for us to be here!” These words, spoken by Peter on behalf of the disciples in today’s Gospel, express my sentiments well as we come together today (at St. Gabriel’s) to celebrate this Eucharist (Mass of Anticipation).