Posts from August 2014

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Face it. We’re ALL Millennials.

by Tom Andel

If there’s one thing Jesus and Satan had in common, it was their low estimation of Millennials. That was Jesus’ generation (Millennials of the FIRST Millennium), and repeatedly throughout the gospels Jesus is quoted saying some pretty harsh things about his generation. For example: Matthew 16:4: “‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; […]

Maybe the Terrorists are Doing Us a Favor

by Tom Andel

I don’t know what’s worse: saying you understand the mind of God or not even bothering to try. In this Sunday’s second reading (rom 11:33-36), Paul tells the Romans: “How inscrutable are [God’s] judgments and how unsearchable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor?” Some […]

In God’s Kingdom, the only foreigner is Evil

by Tom Andel

Anyone who’s flummoxed by the mystery of the Holy Trinity might get some relief from this Sunday’s readings—especially the gospel passage from Matthew (mt 15:21-28). We get to see the Son and the Spirit converge into a miraculous act of God the Father. Here we meet a woman who is foreign to Jesus—described as a […]

There’s Nothing Magical about a Miracle

by Tom Andel

My older brother and I came home one night in 1967 to an empty house. I was 11, my brother 18. No one there but a cop who told us our mother had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. I feared the worst but prayed for the best—that she would magically come home […]

Millions of Basket Cases

by Tom Andel

“Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. … I will renew with you the everlasting covenant, the benefits assured to David.” (is 55:1-3) If we didn’t know this was a quote from the prophet Isaiah, taken straight out of this Sunday’s first reading, you might think this was a […]