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April 23, 2014
Avoiding the Heresy of Nostalgia. Christians, especially during the Easter Season, are often tempted to indulge in pious nostalgia. We sometimes say to ourselves: "If only we had been part of the first generation of Christian believers when the Church was united and there were not the corruption and sinfulness that followed in the later centuries!" This Second Sunday of Easter we bask in the glow of the Resurrection and marvel in the account of the early Christian community found in today's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles: "All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one's need."
April 16, 2014

I am the aunt of thirteen wonderful nieces and nephews and three "grands."  Thus, I do have some experience with babies and young children.  Parents (and aunts and uncles) will recognize that when young ones are happy to greet you or want to be "raised up" their whole body gestures for such embrace.  However, if they do not want to be picked up or held, their body becomes stiff and resistant.  Throughout this Lent and Holy Week, perhaps we have become more open and ready to be "raised up" once again with Jesus our Christ.
 

April 9, 2014

The procession with palms and the reading of the Passion mark the beginning of the most significant week in the annual Christian cycle - leading us from the joyful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, through his passion and death, to the resurrection of Easter. However, this Holy Week is not intended to simply be a "walk down memory lane" with our heads. Rather, it is an invitation to become engaged in Jesus' journey and to make connections with our own journey in our heart, mind, and soul. How are we to live and to face our challenges as Jesus faced his?

April 2, 2014

The Scripture readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent invite us to come out of our place of captivity and to place our trust and hope in God who can transform death into life and can make the impossible possible.

March 26, 2014

One of the striking things about the Bible is its wealth of images, many of which have worked their way into our ordinary language and literature. The readings for this Sunday contain two such images, one of the "shepherd" and the other of "light." Both invite our reflection in the course of this season of Lent.

March 23, 2014

If you have ever traveled by rail, at some point you may have heard or seen a message warning you to "mind the gap," urging you to pay attention to the space between the platform and the train in the process of boarding or leaving the train. Some say the particular expression began with the London Underground but now variations are found across the globe drawing passengers' attention to the potential risk of ignoring that space.

This Sunday's lectionary presents us with an option that should be accompanied by a "mind the gap" caution. One of the lengthiest, and deeply theological and political, conversations in the Gospels occurs between Jesus and the unnamed Samaritan woman in John 4:5-42. However, the lectionary offers an option for an abridged version that leaves out several key verses including 4:16-18, and half of verse 39.

March 14, 2014
A Season of Holiness. Once again it is the responsorial psalm that sets the tone for the readings proclaimed this Sunday. The "kindness" referred to here is the covenant love that binds God to covenant partners. This loving kindness is the basis of God's compassion and generosity, God cares for those in need, and so "our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and our shield." Examples of this divine kindness appear in today's readings.
March 7, 2014
BEGONE, SATAN! "One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God" (Matt 4:4) It is the subtle way that temptation resembles truth that gets us. For people who have made a fundamental choice to accept God's invitation to orient their lives toward the divine love, those things that are blatantly evil do not hold allure. They are easily recognizable as wrong, and it does not take much effort to reject them. The real temptations are the ones that are just close enough to the truth that they appear good and beneficial.
February 27, 2014

When I first came across Jesus' poetic words today about God's care for creation and having trust in God's providence, it hardly seem very realistic. Like the lyrics of a song that won a Grammy award in 1989, Bobby McFerron's, "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Its reggae beat and constant refrain were hard to stop humming, but the message struck me as superficial and trite. I remember thinking to myself after hearing the song for the umpteenth time, "Don't tell me how to feel!

February 20, 2014

The first words we hear on this Sunday are: "Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy." WHAT? What does this call to holiness mean? And, how is it that God is holy? After consulting both a thesaurus and an etymological dictionary, holiness has to do with a certain reverence for life. Indeed, our God reveres all of creation, and we are challenged to do the same. In Leviticus, it comes down to the great commandment: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

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