There's no excuse for anti-semitism. We can help to foster reconciliation between Christians and Jews by a careful and prayerful reading of the passion narratives.
The late Scripture scholar Fr. Raymond Brown suggests that Lazarus represents the ultimate challenge for those who are baptized in Christ: the encounter with death itself.
How do we witness to Jesus? Can people detect the light of Christ shining in us? Our faith grows through choices we make in life.
Most of us need time to be convinced. We face contradictions and faulty choices in our lives. Nevertheless we thirst for what God offers us.
In Baptism we say yes to God--a choice that transforms our lives and sets us on a journey of faith that continues to this day.
In the Bible, the desert is often a place of testing--of choices. The season of Lent is like a spiritual desert where we hope to rediscover our identification with Christ.
Without the graces we are offered in Jesus Christ, the task of being perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, is impossible.
Our birth as Christians came at baptism, and our "new Moses" Jesus calls us to a life of love and service in imitation of him.
Christianity is more than words--it's a life lived out in concrete action. People need to see our faith expressed in our deeds, especially on behalf of those in need.
At least sometime during every day we are gifted--like Simeon--with the revelation of God at work in our lives through Jesus Christ.