American writer James Baldwin has been quoted as saying that “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions hidden by the answers.” You could say the same about religion’s purpose. It’s better when answers lead to more searching questions. The catechism had answers but we never asked the questions. DH Lawrence put it this way: “We have little needs and deeper needs, but have fallen into living from our little needs till we have almost lost our deeper needs.”
“If anyone loves me….” What? Another Gospel about love! Early life thinks there’s only one kind of love. Middle age believes there are many kinds, and the final stage knows there is only one kind. Whether it’s the love of lasting friendships, the love between spouses or love of family – they are all manifestations of a single reality.
One of the tried and tested ways of trying to forgive someone is to surrender one’s right to get even. The urge to get even jumps up when someone upsets or hurts us. It is often cloaked in terms of self-defence. “I can’t let them get away with this or they will do it again.”
Homily preached in Avila Carmelite Centre by Fr Vincent O’Hara OCD, on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the death of William Shakespeare. The context for the homily is Acts 13, 44-52.
Jordan Speith’s meltdown on the last day of the Masters reverberated throughout the world of golf. I hated to watch it happen last Sunday. And it will be shown again and again whenever championship golf is broadcast. Failure is bitter, especially for a 22 year old, and at that level of the Master’s.
“Is Christ already here?” asked someone in a group that had been talking about the second coming. An interesting question. Jesus arrived on earth about two thousand years ago and, before his death, spoke about rising from the dead and coming back again. Was his rising from the dead the beginning of his second coming? Is he not already here?
I’m going downhill, and I’ve no regrets. From here on I’m in God’s hands.” I have heard these or similar words often. The very recent death of a long-time friend brought them back to me. The man lived a simple life and left with his task well done.
Remembering Easter 1916
Easter is about lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness of Good Friday. It celebrates victory of hope over despair. Easter says to us that despite everything to the contrary God will win out, love will prevail over hate, justice over injustice, peace over exploitation
The name has gone down in history. A name not easily forgotten. ‘Judas’ was a name associated with revolutionaries in late Judaism. In Jesus’ day, there was a lot of anger among the poor and deprived.