Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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Love is the most distinctive feature of Christianity. For Judaism, one might point to the beauty and wisdom of the Law. For Islam, one might speak of the towering authority of God’s will. For the Christian, love is the ultimate law (Rom 13:10) and the nature of God (1Jn 4:8). For the Christian, love is both who God is and what God wills. Consider that love is the only commandment Jesus gives. He doesn’t say it is the Father’s commandment, or something he’s received from the Law. He claims it as his own. He says, “this is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” This commandment is a revelation. It is new. Only Jesus could make it known, because only Jesus shows us the love he commands. If Jesus didn’t show us love, we wouldn’t know how to love (1Jn 3:16), and we certainly couldn’t fulfill the command to love. more
Married couples may or may not be able to relate to this humorous story: more
For a moment, I invite you to imagine your dream car. Imagine you’ve won the lottery and one of the first things you do is buy your dream car. The dealer reminds you to peruse the manual which … more
Libraries always stamp their books. Somewhere on the pages of any library book you will find the name of the library where it belongs. This serves as a reminder to those dilatory members (among whom I include myself) who indefinitely delay the return of some (probably unread) book. There it is, sitting on your desk or on your nightstand, staring at you, reminding you that “I belong to the Library of ______, and I am overdue.” In addition to pricking your conscience — it is a matter of justice after all — you are also heaping late fees upon yourself. You will not be released from this guilt “until you have paid the last penny” (Matt 5:26). It is better not to wait. more
What is your image of God? Some people see God as a distant, unapproachable being who governs the universe. Others see God as a divine police officer that simply keeps track of our offenses. Still … more
This weekend, our diocese will gain two new priests. Their first Holy Mass will be the solemnity of Corpus Christi. It is hard to imagine a more fitting feast. This Sunday’s readings are also apt for the occasion. They highlight two priestly virtues: humility and fidelity. more
I have a friend whose faith is based on a lilac bush. Raised in an atheistic family, she was told God was a myth. She had no reason to contradict her parents, except for the fragrance of lilacs. more
Complicated arguments and esoteric vocabulary are great ways to hide ignorance. They give the appearance of learning where there is none. Lacking self-confidence, some attempt to overawe their companions with lofty but empty phrasing. Their hearers, bowled over by big words, conclude that fault must lie within themselves. Made to feel foolish, they remain silent, though not the least enlightened. By these means spurious savants ease their self-doubt, but only by heaping insecurity on others. more
We’re supposed to get angry. Anger is about justice. When we perceive something unjust, especially when we are personally involved, our natural (and good) response is anger. It compels us to set things right, to reestablish order and equity. The trouble is, in our fallen nature, we are often angry about the wrong things, or in the wrong measure. Wishing your car were armed with heat-seeking missiles – that you might repay the convertible that cut you off – is a bit unmeasured. Like all the passions, anger is good, but it needs the light of reason, so that its actions might also be good. The passions themselves are blind, and without reason’s vision, they invariably stumble and blunder, making a mess of things. more
Relationships are a lot like rubber bands. An elastic can be stretched and pulled for brief periods, but once the stress is released, it returns to its original shape. Yet, if it is stretched indefinitely, left hanging and bearing some heavy weight, it eventually loses its elasticity. It becomes misshapen. Its vibrancy and purpose are lost. Something similar can be said of relationships long overburdened by issues and tensions. They eventually lose their shape. They are overstretched and cannot find their way back. A rubber band can also be pulled beyond its capacity. It can snap. Sadly, we know the same is true in relationships. An act of betrayal, a gross transgression of boundaries, or some other disloyalty can sever any friendship. Most relationships can bend and stretch with little setbacks and peccadillos (they can even be strengthened by them), but a grave breach of trust is almost always the end. more
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