Scripture Reflection by Father Matt

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, “Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (1 Cor 4:1) When we think of stewardship we usually think about the sharing of our gifts of our time, talents, and treasures. I do not wish to downplay the importance of these gifts, but I do want to draw our attention to the kind of stewardship Saint Paul is encouraging among the people of Corinth. We are “stewards of the mysteries of God.” Even the pagans can share their time, talents, and treasures; only we can offer the world the gift of Faith in Jesus Christ. Only Christians can truly be stewards of the gift of Hope. Our world promises security, but it is a f

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, No one can interpret Sacred Scripture like the Word of God Himself, Jesus Christ. In our Gospel passage today, Jesus shows us just how far we have strayed from an authentic interpretation of the Law of God. Continuing the formula He used last week, Jesus says: “You have heard that it was said ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.” We have come to interpret “an eye for an eye” as a demand for equal justice—as a minimum requirement for satisfaction. We do not feel justified until those who hurt us have been equally hurt. But this is not the way of Jesus. The commandment, “An eye for

Commandments of God to Guide Us

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live.” With these words, Sirach describes the center of our moral life: we are free to choose good or evil. Freedom requires a choice; responsibility demands that we make the right choice. And our choices are not uninformed or made in ignorance: we have the commandments of God to guide us. “The eyes of God are on those who fear him; he understands man’s every deed. No one does he command to act unjustly, to none does he give license to sin.” God allows us the freedom to make our own choices, but we must know that our actions have consequences.

Do Not Turn Your Back on Your Own

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, “Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own.” (Isaiah 58:7) Do not turn your back on your own; I am struck by this image. To turn your back on someone means to look away from them—to exclude them from your actions and from your world. It is a denial of their personhood, or at least a denial of your relationship to them as brother or sister. They are cast off, discarded, “removed” from our midst. This is not God’s way. Our exclusion of another person usually stems from some hurt we have received from them or from someone li

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