Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Road to Emmaus: Jesus Asks Several Questions

Road to EmmausIn today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus asks a series of three questions to two men on the Road to Emmaus:

  1. What are you discussing as you walk along? (Luke 24:17)
  2. What sort of things? (Luke 24:19)
  3. Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory? (Luke 24:26)

Let’s unpack each question, one at a time, to see what Our Lord is trying to say to us.

More Questions?

What were the men discussing as Jesus approached them? They were discussing Christ’s death on the cross, saddened that who they thought would redeem the Jewish people, was now dead. Their hopes, dashed. It seems they lost faith in Jesus. Has that ever happened to Continue reading

Find Quiet Time for Jesus This Lent

Quiet Time for JesusIn the hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, many find it difficult to find some quiet time for Jesus. We get caught up in our chores, events, family needs, etc. When we lay our heads down at night, we are exhausted. It’s at times like these, that finding quiet time for Jesus is a must. Why? Because, we cannot succeed at anything without Jesus. Saint Francis de Sales is famously known for having quipped:

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed,

So, if you want to get all the chores done, attend that basketball game for your eighth grader, and visit an elderly parent in a nursing home, Continue reading

Embrace Lent and Grow Closer to Jesus

Embrace Lent

Many people look at Lent as a season of punishment, denial, etc. (add your own negative words as a description). I say that Lent offers me an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus. I find that to be a very good thing! When I embrace Lent for all that it has to offer, I achieve the following:

  1. A new perspective on what I need to do to walk the journey Christ asks me to walk.
  2. The advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where I receive a clean soul, united to Christ.
  3. More time spent with Jesus, one-on-one, through visits to the Blessed Sacrament. It is here that He works on my soul, in the hospital of sinners.
  4. Increased insight to Continue reading

Transfiguration of Our Lord

TransfigurationToday, we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. In Mark 9:2-10 we read about Jesus going up the high mountain to converse with Elijah and Moses. During this conversation, Jesus’ clothes became dazzlingly white, evidence of Jesus’ divinity and glory. The fact that He is having a conversation with Elijah and Moses is evidence of the fact that death, as we know it, is not the end of life. For, here are two souls of ancient history conversing with Jesus!  This should give us all hope in Christ’s promises of salvation and eternal life with Him in Heaven!

What I find fascinating about this Gospel passage is that, as with Jesus’ Baptism, we once again, hear the voice of Continue reading

Is Jesus Your Cornerstone?

cornerstoneIn today’s Gospel reading from Mark 12:10-11, Jesus asks this question: Have you not read this scripture passage: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’

Jesus refers to Psalm 118:22-23, where we learn that what is deemed “insignificant to human beings has become great through divine election.”1 This Psalm is a hymn of thanksgiving; praising God for His wondrous deeds. When Jesus references this passage from Psalm 118, He  foreshadows that He is the cornerstone for His Church. For it will be through His death and resurrection that His Church will be built. He will be that Continue reading

Holy Week is Here! When Have You Failed Jesus?

Holy Week We begin Holy Week, with Palm Sunday, where we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. At Palm Sunday Mass, we hear the Passion of Our Lord and receive blessed palms. Then, we place those blessed palms in cherished places of honor within our homes. We spend Holy Week in quiet reflection of Jesus and His sacrifice, as it is the holiest week of the Christian year. We remember Christ’s passion, death and resurrection; His sacrifice for our sins. We also scurry around in preparation for our Easter Feast, just as our ancestors scurried to prepare the Passover Feast. Yet, let’s stop for a moment and bring ourselves back in time 2,000+ years:

It’s time to sacrifice the Passover lamb. We need Continue reading

What Does Jesus Want for His Birthday?

As we near Christmas Day, I want to take some time to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! May the celebration of the Incarnation of Christ fill your hearts with His Love, Peace, Joy and Hope. At Christmas, Jesus showers us with many virtues, as His gifts to us. What do you think Jesus would like from you, in return, as His birthday present from you?

Maybe He would like for you to reach out to a relative, or neighbor, who is suffering. You could grace that person with caring compassion. Perhaps He would like for you to forgive a co-worker, or friend, who has wronged you. You could extend that person a little mercy. Might it Continue reading

Christ’s Humility: A Teaching Moment, Then and Now

Christ's HumilityJesus didn’t enter Jerusalem on a beautiful stallion, or better yet in a covered canapé. No, He entered Jerusalem on the back of an ass; one of the simplest and hardest working creatures known to man. In Christ’s simplicity, we see Christ’s humility.

Throughout Christ’s entire Passion and death, He consistently placed the wellbeing of each one of us ahead of Himself. He thought more about us than He thought of Himself.  For example, He took the verbal abuse of His accusers in silence, not wanting to draw attention to His followers. When tensions escalated, He took the physical abuse, without uttering one complaint. The essence of Christ’s humility overflowed, with grace, as He quietly suffered the taunting and Continue reading