Parables and Divine Hiddenness

Today’s gospel reading is the parable of the soils in Mark 4. In verses 1-9, Jesus stands in a boat and speaks to a very large crowd on the shore. He tells them a story about seed being cast onto four kinds of soil. In verse 10, his disciples ask him the meaning of the parable, and Jesus replies in verses 11-12: To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven....

January 24, 2024

I should do your will

Today the Church celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river at the hands of John the Baptist. John was calling people to repent, or change their lives, to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God, and baptism was the sign of their repentance. Jesus did not need to repent, but he underwent baptism in order to identify with us and to prepare the world for the Christian baptism that would come later....

January 8, 2024

The Book of the New Sun

Introduction I just finished reading the four book series by Gene Wolfe known as The Book of the New Sun, along with its sequel, The Urth of the New Sun. It is the story of a young man’s journey of growth and redemption that takes place tens of thousands of years in the future, in a time when knowledge of our current time is almost completely lost. The books are very challenging to read, partly because the world is so foreign to us, but also because it is told by the protagonist in the first person, and he’s not always good about giving us all the details we need to understand things easily....

November 26, 2022

The Limits of Science

A popular saying today is “follow the science,” which implies that it is science that will show us the correct path in life, and a person is wise who follows its guidance. I believe that science is a very powerful tool that helps us understand many of the mechanisms of our universe, but I also maintain that there are many mysteries of life that science alone will never penetrate, and science alone is insufficient to provide the wisdom we need to live a good life....

May 17, 2021