This Solemnity is a day to celebrate Mary’s "yes." It’s also an opportunity to renew our own yes to God.
If we look closely at how Jesus approaches the the woman at the well, then we will have a better understanding of how God looks at us, which in turn will help us know how to view other sinners who have gone astray.
The Transfiguration is often seen to prefigure the Resurrection. While partly true, that view misses the crux of the passage, which is that the Transfiguration is a preparation for the cross. Here we see the majesty of the cross, which points us to our privilege of suffering with the King.
This talk is part of our 2020 Lenten speaker series, Scholar Saints. The talks follow our Friday Stations of the Cross and Benediction that begins at 6pm. A light meal and lecture begins at 7pm.
Trevor Lipscombe earned a doctorate in theoretical physics at the University of Oxford and was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He coauthored "Albert Einstein: A Biography" which has been translated into ten languages. Trevor's book "The Physics of Rugby", published by the University of Nottingham Press, was selected as one of the best ten physics books of the year, and was long listed for Britain's best sports book of the year. He is the editor of the Ignatius Press Critical Edition of Saint John Henry Newman's novel "Loss and Gain." Over sixty of Trevor's articles have appeared in scholarly journals as well as in more popular places, such as Time Magazine. His next book, "Quicker Calculations," is currently in production with Oxford University Press and will be published next year. None of which has anything to do with Saint Albert the Great.
The Meekness of the Cross: Trusting the Father in Truth (Lent I homily on the Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert)
Jesus resists the temptation to deliver himself in his own strength. Instead, he trusts in the Father’s plan for deliverance, which will ultimately take place through the cross. This is the Scriptural principle of meekness in action—Jesus does not take a shortcut to power but trusts in God alone. The challenge for each of us is to likewise trust in the Father’s plan by being sons in the Son.
Part I of a three-part series on the message of the cross in our lives: - The meekness of the cross - The majesty of the cross - The morality of the cross
Did you know that Jesus makes God’s commands more stringent than they were before? Yes, most of us know that from reading the Sermon on the Mount, but most of us also find this hard to admit. But this is actually good good news, and the way to more fully healing the effects of the fall.
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its savor, how shall it’s saltiness be restored?
To be the salt of the earth means we embrace the wisdom of the cross. The cross is contrary to the wisdom of the world, however. Salt is a preservative and the worldly wise seek self preservation. But to be the salt of the earth according to the gospel means self denial. The cross shows us the way of love and how we can preserve the world with God’s savor—the wisdom of the cross.