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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 71 years and a priest for over 60 years. His seasoned spirituality is the fruit of more than 60 years of making and giving the Spiritual Exercises in all of its formats to priests, religious and laity. It is presented not in the jargon of academia but in a language that everyone can understand. He is neither “old breed” nor “new breed,” he is just “half breed.” Having studied both the old theology and the new theology he is convinced that the continuity is so great that you cannot understand the new until you have mastered the old.


This week's featured reading is a reflection on the The Kingdom of Heaven:

The Gospel is all about the kingdom. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field…Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls…Again the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea…” (Matt.14:44)

The proclamation of the coming of the Kingdom dominated the preaching and teaching of Jesus. “To the other towns also I must proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Luke 4:44) “The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe.” “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you besides.” He taught his disciples to pray in the “Our Father... thy Kingdom come.”

Just what is this Kingdom? The kingdom is described for us in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. It is a kingdom of truth and life, holiness and justice, love and peace. But it is a kingdom that is short-lived. Man, wanting to be like God, rebelled and was banished from the kingdom. In the fullness of time Jesus came to restore and usher in anew the Kingdom of God which begins in this life and finds its completion in the next life.

Jesus described the Kingdom in worldly images, in parables: the sower and the seed (Matt.13:3-23) the mustard seed (Matt. 13:31-32) the growing seed (Mark 4:26-29) the wheat and the weeds (Matt. 13:24-30) the pearl of great price (Matt. 13:45-46) the unforgiving servant (Matt. 18:23-35) the workers in the vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16) the wedding feast (Matt. 22:2-14) the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21) the prodigal son. (Luke 15:11-30) Jesus is the King of this Kingdom. But He is a most unusual King; he is a crucified King. And from his royal throne on the cross he extends his royal invitation to his subjects. “If anyone will come after me he must pick up his cross daily and follow me.” There are no states in this Kingdom that are more perfect than any other. Everyone is called to reach the potential that he has been given.

In the Kingdom there is only one law, and that is love. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend of these two commandments.” (Matt 22: 37-40) “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you so you also should love one another.” (John 13: 34) Love is the irrefutable, instantly verifiable sign of Christian identity. “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 35) CLICK HERE for the entire homily.


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God's Sense of Humor and Sixty Other Homilies is a collection of homilies that have been delivered by Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. over the years to address many of the issues faced by Christians in contemporary society. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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Fr. Rodney has spent most of his priestly life giving the Spiritual Exercises, as a preached retreat, a guided retreat, the personally directed retreat, the 19th annotation retreat and the email retreat. The Joy of the Spiritual Exercises is the fruit of these retreats condensed into a single EBook. As Fr. Rodney states, "Pope Francis exhorts us to proclaim “The Joy of the Gospel.” The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a proclamation of the joy of the Gospel." This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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A compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine Simplicity. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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