Seek the Lord

01-29-2023(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

Welcome to the most awe-inspiring, insightful, and absolutely brilliant Catholic column on the planet! Let’s see what this Sunday’s readings are about…

The first reading says, “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth…” Hmm. I’ll skip ahead a few lines. “Seek humility; perhaps you may be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” A few references in there about humility. Okay. Good. A lot of other people need to be more humble.

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Eternal Relevance

01-22-2023(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

I am so happy to be back. My spine still has a bit of healing to go, but I’m headed in the right direction. Thank you so much for your prayers and support.

And I am so happy to be back just in time for this weekend’s second reading from 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17! It could have been written yesterday. But isn’t that the beautiful nature of Sacred Scripture? Eternal relevance.

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Comparisons are Poison

01-15-2023(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

Comparisons are poison.

I’ll never forget the time I was completely content with my salary, until I accidentally stumbled across a co-worker’s salary. Suddenly, I felt disrespected and massively underpaid. It was nearly twenty years ago. What changed? Nothing – except I was comparing myself to someone else.

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Resolutions for 2023

01-08-2023(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

I can’t stop talking about goals in January. I think it is part of my American DNA.

I’ve rattled off several of them recently. Most of them are good and worthy of our efforts.

Our bodies are important (as we Catholics know our souls will be reunited with them one day) and taking care of them through diet or the elimination of abuse is a great pursuit.

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Merry Christmas Season

01-01-2023(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

Merry Christmas Season everyone! It’s the first Sunday of the New Year! It’s a time of resolutions. It’s a time to avoid the bathroom scale. And it’s often a time for change.

Toward the beginning of the second chapter of Matthew, Herod cuts a deal with the Magi. The are to search for the baby Jesus and report back to him. Nowhere in Scripture does it say they refused.

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Merry Christmas!

12-25-2022(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

I think a lot of Catholics have this rosy picture of the Holy Family. The mother was without sin. The son happened to be THE SON OF GOD. And the third member, St. Joseph, wasn’t exactly a slacker. (see: SAINT Joseph)

What problems could a trio like that actually have? Let’s come back to this thought.

This is the time of the year when many of us find ourselves wondering why our families don’t look anything like those Hallmark Christmas movies. A husband who participated in the purchase of every card and gift. A mother who finds all her husband’s idiosyncrasies as charming as the day they met. Children thrilled to spend hours laughing with each other. Their spouses relaxed by the roaring fireplace. Grandchildren grateful for every gift and perfectly behaved. The turkey a glossy golden brown.

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Advent Should've Been More

12-18-2022(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

Advent should’ve been more.

More than a search for the perfect gift for a loved one. More than favoring everything with peppermint and pumpkin. More than Hallmark movies with predictable plots where everyone looks like they were created in a central casting laboratory.

Advent should’ve been more.

More than a time for family. More than a time to make a yearly pilgrimage to the confessional. Even more than getting ready for the arrival of the infant Jesus.

It should’ve been a time where we renew our commitment to be ready for when Jesus comes again. It might be the second coming. Or it might only be Jesus coming for us individually.

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Prepare the Way

12-11-2022(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

You have got to reread Mathew 11:2-11! John the Baptist is back!

He gets word of Jesus and sends his people to ask this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” It’s almost like he is saying, “Check to see if he knows the secret handshake.”

When they arrive and ask Jesus, he chooses the Golden Rule for writers: show, don’t tell.

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People Get Ready

12-04-2022(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

As members of my R.C.I.A. class know by now, Biblical typology refers to things (as Catholic author Scott Hahn likes to say) “concealed in the Old (Testament) and revealed in the New (Testament).” In this weekend’s Gospel, we have one such example.

John the Baptist is described as slightly unfashionable. He is wearing “a garment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle around his waist.” He is dressed exactly like the prophet Elijah in 2 Kings 1:8!

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