Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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Why didn’t Jesus hold on to the keys? Why would he give them to Peter? Here is the Son of God, the very author of the heavens, giving away the keys of the kingdom. These keys of power, able to bind and loose, bearing eternal consequences, pass from the hands of God to the hands of a rural fisherman. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for Jesus to keep that authority for himself? Why entrust it to our frail humanity? What was he up to? “How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!” more
The culture of death fears death. Our culture promotes the destruction of the unborn, the elderly and the sick. These are enshrined as rights. We hear plenty of talking heads jabber about the right to die, while they recoil at a right to life. Our culture has embraced death with both arms, and yet, we are profoundly afraid of it. As we live in the now, living for this world, the sight, the thought, the reminder of death is almost taboo. Wakes and funerals are less attended, the dying are shut away in private rooms (lest we see them), and many campaign to end old lives quickly (get it over with). For a culture that embraces death, we sure have trouble looking it in the eye. more
Peace is too narrowly defined as “the freedom from or the cessation of war or violence” (Webster). According to this definition, a removal of forces secures peace. When violence is squelched, or war staved off, we call that peace. This defines peace by what it is not; it is the lack of disturbances. But there is a richer perspective. more
Apparently the Baptist was a bit uneasy. Sitting in Herod’s prison, it seems John was tempted by doubts concerning Jesus. John was a fiery prophet. He was disciplined in self-denial. He was a decisive figure, drawing a line in the sand and predicting the imminent destruction of all who failed to repent. You were either in or you were out. What must have been his reaction then upon hearing that the Christ was dining with tax collectors and prostitutes? Or that he was becoming ritually unclean by touching lepers and corpses? Was this the Christ he was expecting? more
Occasionally you hear someone say, “I need to find myself.” It would be a funny phrase (“well, where did you last see yourself?”) if it didn’t carry a slight tone of desperation. There is something sad about a person who is so lost or confused that they feel disassociated from themselves. Perhaps they are experiencing a lack of fulfillment, or they are often making choices against their better judgment. For the young, it may simply be a lack of experience. Whatever the reason, it is a troubling spiritual trial. It is one thing to lose your keys or your wallet. But for your very self to be hidden from you — that might take more than prayers to Saint Anthony. more
It’s no coincidence that the days are shorter during Advent season, which begins this Sunday. This is the darkest time of the year and we have no control over this darkness. As we begin Advent, the … more
During the Monday through Wednesday liturgies of Holy Week, we listen to the three gospel passages that afford us the opportunity to meditate on the parts of Christ’s body that were “pierced for … more
Americans top the list when it comes to eating junk food. In fact, a 2013 Gallup poll found that 8 in 10 Americans eat at fast food restaurants at least monthly. Junk food is so available to us; and let’s be honest, occasionally most of us love to have a good junk food snack. We know, however, that junk food isn’t good for us. The more we eat, the less we hunger for nutritious food, the food that gives us energy and helps us to stay healthy. more
I know a young man who became a priest because he was once denied communion. A number of years ago, a zealous protestant, he attended a Catholic wedding. more
Jesus can throw a party. In this Sunday’s gospel (Lk 14:1, 7-14) we find Jesus dining “at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.” more
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