WERE YOU startled by what you heard in the reading of Moses holding back the anger of God? It certainly provides a picture of God different from that which we usually entertain. There God was angry, full of wrath, ready to wipe out the entire Hebrew nation because of their idolatry with the golden calf. And then—even moresurprisingly—he changed his mind when Moses argued him out of it. The meaning of this passage for us Christians is not that God really could be angry or changeable, but the fact that Moses’ powerful prayer is a foreshadowing of the more potent intercession
(A blessed Sunday to all our readers, which would have been the feast of the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – or Michaelmas in the usus antiquior – we are publishing this piece from a writer, John Tuttle, new to these pages. As well, we are approaching the memorial of the seven billion or so Guardian Angels on October 2nd. So, please do enjoy. Editor)
Countless exemplars of faith in God have come and gone through the ages. They stand as reminders to how God can transform even the coldest of hearts. But these men and women who come and
Today’s Gospel has a winner, Lazarus, and a loser, the rich man. And a clear target: “those… who loved money.” Our first reading also takes aim at the rich and comfortable. The prophet Amos thunders at those who sleep on elegant beds, eating the best of the flocks and herds, humming along with the harpist, and drinking wine by the bowlful. Are we getting nervous yet? A scold-the-rich homily seems to be just the thing today. But that’s not how I see it. Of course we’re being warned about the dangers of riches and the evils of ignoring the poor.
With other angels or on his own, Saint Michael is mentioned throughout the Sacred Scriptures. He is successful in his battle against Satan because of his humility, which makes him, as his name indicates, one Who Is Like Unto God. … Continue reading →