Scripture Reflection by Father Matt

Whoever Boasts, Should Boast in the Lord

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being may boast before God.” Saint Paul knew better than most what it felt like to be humbled before God. He had been “reduced” by his encounter with the risen Christ, and knew just how blessed he was to be allowed to serve Jesus. “It is due to him [God] that you are in Christ Jesus…whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” Our earthly gifts are great blessings from God, but even these gifts are nothin

Come After Me, and I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, Our baptismal call includes the responsibility to preach the Gospel of Christ. We are bearers of the Word. Like Saint Paul, we have been sent by Christ. Like Peter, James, and John we have been called to “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Opening the Word is not the sole responsibility of the clergy; we are all called to proclaim the Word. Sacred Scripture is too rich to be restricted to one homily on Sunday. If our children, our neighbors, and our society at large are to receive the Word, we must all carry it forth in word and in deed. This is not always easy! It is intimidating enough to proclaim the Word as a lector before

TO SERVE IN GOD'S NAME IS A GIFT FROM GOD

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, To be exalted in the Body of Christ is to serve. We think of priests, deacons, and bishops as authority figures and “rulers” in liturgy and parish life, but this is not the core of Holy Orders. To rule in Christ’s name is to serve His People; to serve in God’s Name is a gift from God. We see this all the way back in Isaiah’s prophecies concerning the Messiah as the embodiment of the people of Israel. God calls Israel to be not only His servant but also His “light to the nations”. God says “You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory.” The glory belongs to God, not to the servant. The light shines, not for its own sake, but to illuminate

THE REIGN OF GOD CONQUERS SIN AND DEATH

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, The people of Israel, during and after their Babylonian exile, were desperate for a word of consolation from God--for some sign that God had not abandoned them. Isaiah's words of prophecy addressed their pleas with the promise of a restored Kingdom. This Kingdom will be a light for the world, drawing all peoples to Jerusalem. What Isaiah's message predicted would be different, however, from what the people of Israel had been expecting. They anticipated a mighty earthly Kingdom led by a Messiah (the Anointed One) who would be a great warrior. They wanted revenge against the foreign peoples who had humiliated and oppressed Israel. They wanted the kingdoms o

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