Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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You may remember the Maytag repairman, the self-declared “lord of loneliness,” and “sultan of solitude.” In a long series of commercials we came to know this solitary figure, ever ready to serve, but never called upon. Maytag appliances, we are led to believe, are built well; so well, in fact, that they never need maintenance or repair. As a result, their repairmen lead lonesome lives. This also means that in the (unlikely) event that something should go wrong, help is readily available. Maytag appliances are dependable; their assistance is reliable. The consumer is consoled to know that they can get help if they need it. For if we need something fixed, our best bet is to bring it back to the one who made it. more
Allstate Insurance Company has long assured us of their “good hands.” The company logo is well known. more
Popular wisdom encourages us to enjoy the “simple things in life.” By experience we know these are the most satisfying. more
I hated taking medicine as a child. Mom or Dad would pull me aside — usually disrupting some great shootout, or a climactic battle in the epic struggle between ninjas and samurai — to pour a large spoonful of some syrupy remedy and then slip it in my mouth. Sure, the manufacturer took care to mask it with a sugary flavor (usually orange), but there was always something off about the taste. I unveiled that mystery when I once mistook an adult aspirin for a chewable one. Not a pleasant memory. In whatever way it comes, medicine always seems to bear some bitterness. more
Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. He is depicted as a great benefactor, one who risked himself for our good. Contrast this myth about fire with the truth about the Eucharist. Jesus too brings us a heavenly gift, but freely given, not stolen. Prometheus brought fire to warm the body. Jesus, giving his body, warms our souls with Charity. Prometheus brought light for guidance in a dark world. The Eucharist illumines our hearts, strengthens our spirit, and directs us to heaven. If the Greeks celebrated a myth, how much more we should celebrate the truth exceeding even the most imaginative mythologies. In the Eucharist, Jesus does not give a mere gift from heaven, but heaven itself. more
The day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday,” is the busiest shopping day of the year. Stores open early and therefore many people wake up early to line up at store doors. Crowds rush in, running … more
The wise men jumped the gun. They thought Jesus was in Jerusalem. Following the star from the east, it led them through the great city, and, drawing near, they must have said to one another “of course, Jerusalem! This is where we will find the king.” They almost blew the lid off the whole thing. Like blabbermouths spoiling a surprise, they rush to King Herod saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage” (Mt 2:2). They thought they were late for the party. Instead, they announce it to those who weren’t invited: “When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him” (Mt 2:3). The wise men quickly realize their mistake. They learn their lesson too. They don’t say another word in the gospel. more
The Global Positioning System has made life much easier, especially for those of us who are directionally challenged. If you’re not familiar with it, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite based navigation system. These satellites transmit signals of your exact location to your car navigation system or your smart phone. Just type in the address and these navigations systems will even dictate directions to you while you drive, leading you to your destination. more
The new commandment, “love one another,” is not so new (see Lev 19:18). What makes it new is not the words, but the way they are written. more
“Do you love me?” In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus asks Peter this question three times. Most scripture scholars agree that the reason Jesus asked Peter three times was so that Peter would be … more
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