Cure and Conversion

October 10, 2010: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The trust required to undergo the treatment for a physical disease is a good analogy for the trust in God required to be cured of the spiritual disease of sin. Cure and conversion go hand-in-hand. The connection between the two was the subject of our readings this past Sunday.

You want me to what?! In the first reading, Naaman seeks to be cured of his leprosy.  The powerful Aramean army commander is instructed to present himself to the prophet Elisha in Israel, which is in enemy territory. Naaman visits Elisha, risking great scandal. However, Elisha’s instructions are not what Naaman expects, so he . . . → Read More: Cure and Conversion

The Demanding Work of Discipleship

October 3, 2010: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are inundated with offenses against human dignity on a daily basis: abortion, poverty, violence, embryonic stem cell research, pornography, euthanasia, etc. How do we deal with all this? That very issue was the subject of our readings this past Sunday.

God, do something already! In the first reading, Habakkuk fears the rising political power of the Babylonians as his native Judah descends into its own sins. He cries out to God for some relief, or at least some answers from God why He is letting this happen. God reminds Habakkuk that his faith is what will ultimately save him, and this requires confidence . . . → Read More: The Demanding Work of Discipleship