And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" Mark 15:39 (ESV) There's something about the words of the centurion that I find both meaningful and mysterious. Typical of this Gospel, Mark fails to offer much in … Continue reading A Reflection on Mark 15-16
Have You really already come? Was it really You, the God we were expecting when we poured forth our longing for "Him who was to come," for the Mighty God, Father of the Future, Prince of Peace, The God of Light and Truth and Eternal Happiness? Indeed, Your coming is promised in the very first … Continue reading When is Christmas?
A beautiful face is perhaps the only place where true silence is to be found. - Giorgio Agamben, “Image and Silence" [i] Ava, my little love. What do I see when I look at you? I see me; I see your mother---I see you. In you I see the amazing convergence of past love. You carry the … Continue reading A Reflection for Ava
The only image of God is the face of our neighbor, who is also the sibling of God's First-Born, of God's own likeness (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15). Our human neighbor now becomes a "sacrament" of God's hidden presence among us, a mediator between God and humanity. Every authentic religious act is directed toward the … Continue reading The Only Question about God that Matters
Unlike Rome, New York has never learned the art of growing old by playing on all its pasts. Its present invents itself, from hour to hour, in the act of throwing away its previous accomplishments and challenging the future Michel de Certeau - The Practice of Everyday Life Whenever I walk in a city I … Continue reading Walking in the City: A Reflection on Michel de Certeau