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Since Therefore Christ…, Great Vigil of Easter (C) – 2004

April 10, 2004

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same intention . . . so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God. As we gather here today in the empty tomb, it may occur to you that something fundamental […]

Is It Nothing to You, All Who Pass By?, Good Friday – 2004

April 09, 2004

A priest has told the story a group of parochial high school students on their way to church to go to confession. As they walked along, they were discussing the Sacrament of Penance, and one among them had very strong views. He considered the notion of confessing one’s sins to be, at best, irrelevant—and, at […]

Why Is This Night Different…, Maundy Thursday – 2004

April 08, 2004

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” In Jewish culture, a child asks this question to begin the celebration of the Feast of the Passover, as Jews throughout the world retell the story of the Exodus and celebrate the escape of their ancestors from slavery in Egypt. It is a time when the […]

Confidence In the Light, Christmas 1 – 2003

December 28, 2003

Today we celebrate the first Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. Many of us see it as an anticlimax, a time of letdown after the Big Day, when we gather all the family and share all the gifts and eat all the food. Far too often, this is a day when “Sabbath” basically means that […]

And Jesus Said to Him…, Proper 25 (B) – 2003

October 26, 2003

And Jesus said to him, Go your way; your faith has made you well. And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. There is a biography in print of a notorious crime figure who had been kidnapped and hidden from his family for months. After notifying his son of the time […]

Today Is Good Shepherd Sunday…, Easter 4 (B) – 2003

May 11, 2003

Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Many of us associate this day with a particular painting, often rendered in stained glass, the familiar one with the rich, dark tones. It features Jesus as the gentle shepherd, carrying home a wayward sheep. Many children who grow up in the church carry this image of the Christ who […]

I Will Put My Law…, Lent 5 (B) – 2003

April 06, 2003

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. As we head toward the end of our Lenten season, we see God doing familiar things in new and disturbing ways. The People of God are all familiar […]

Today’s Scriptures Contain…, Epiphany 6 (B) – 2003

February 16, 2003

Today’s Scriptures contain an interesting reflection on the notion of “social acceptability.” It’s the topic of countless talk shows these days, because we really do have a problem. When people are different from us, those with the most features in common band together and single out “the other.” The nature of the “difference” can determine […]

Praising God for the Little Bits in Life, Proper 13 (A) – 2002

August 04, 2002

I will open my mouth in a parable;* I will declare the mysteries of ancient times. That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us,* we will not hide from their children. We will recount to generations to come, the praiseworthy deeds and the Power of the LORD,* and the […]

Let Nothing Disturb You…, Proper 7 (A) – 2002

June 23, 2002

Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing make you afraid, All things are passing, God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Nothing is lacking to the one who has God– God alone is enough. These words, from a meditation titled “St. Teresa’s bookmark,” are a fine summary of today’s readings from Scripture. They all speak to […]

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