Something wicked this way comes

In the first reading for today we encounter the well-known account of Noah as he is commissioned by God to gather all living creatures that would survive the Flood. (Just for the record, please note that Noah collected seven pairs of every clean animal and one pair of unclean animals.) But the reading begins ominously: “When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved.” (Gen 6:5-7) Continue reading

Eye and Tooth

This coming Sunday is the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In yesterday’s post we established a large context and noted the continuity with the posts of last week noting that the lessons continue to make clear the personal responsibility of freely entering into the covenant relationship with God – and to answer the question, what does it mean to truly be God’s people? In today’s post we consider the fifth example used by Jesus as it is one that perhaps most goes “against the grain” of our human reaction. Continue reading