Perhaps in encountering an impoverished person, we fear recognizing our own poverty and need: the truth that human beings exist fundamentally in relation. This fact is made perfectly clear in the incarnation, the enfleshment of Our Lord Jesus, who is God, needed his Mother. As we pass through our daily lives in the City of Austin, we encounter a vast multitude of people who do not know Jesus and who have never received the bread which will satisfy. The Lord’s words should resound in our ears: “there is no need for them to go away, give them some food yourselves.”
Brothers and Sisters, knowing what right is essential, but it is not enough. We must choose to do it. We must decide each day to live according to what we know is right. We must desire God above every other good thing or person. God is supremely generous with you and me.
We are the trees, in the garden of the Lord. We are perhaps a variety of different trees, but we are all meant to bear good fruit, which means receiving a new nature from him, living in charity, and letting ourselves be pruned. “The tree is the soul, that is, the man himself; the fruit is the man’s works.” AUGUSTINE
Anytime we suffer evil in union with Christ, we show the world how much God loves them. The Kingdom of Heaven already triumphs because Christ, who is its embodiment, has already triumphed through his Cross and Resurrection.
Last November, my mom, a cousin of mine, a close friend, and I ran the Shiner Half-marathon. I know I don’t look like a runner…its because I’m not! I’ve never been particularly athletic. But encouraged by others for the sake of my health, I try to work out regularly. I’ve found that having a goal […]
Cuando estaba en la escuela secundaria, regresé a mi escuela primaria para ayudar a enseñar a los niños sobre ingeniería usando un robot que construimos. Recuerdo haber pensado, cuando entré por la puerta, “este lugar se ha hizo más pequeño”. Pero la verdad, por supuesto, no era que el edificio había cambiado de tamaño, sino […]
God calls you and me to flourish with him supernaturally. He calls us to become like him and gives us the grace to make it happen. But he wants us to cooperate and respond to this grace in freedom. How will we respond to his gift of grace.
Jesus calls us to find our deepest identity from our relationship with Him, rather than in comparison with others which leads to envy.
The infant Jesus lying in the manger reveals God. When he smiles, God smiles. When he cries, God cries. When he grasps the finger of Mary or Joseph or a shepherd, it is God grasping the human hand. The delightful and defenseless infant Jesus gently demands something from us. The child of Bethlehem gently invites us to love him…and responding to that invitation love means changing our lives.
Last summer, I was with my Godson’s family. We were all swimming in their pool. The 5-year-old brother of my Godson had just become good enough at swimming to make it across their pool unassisted and he absolutely loved showing me how he could do it without help. It was amazing to see his growth […]