April 22, 2016

“I did not come to condemn the world, but to save it” (Jn. 12:47).

It is all too easy in these lengthy passages from the Gospel of John (such as this twelfth chapter) to miss the nuggets of Good News buried in them. And this is such a nugget. Indeed, it is Very Good New...

You can hardly watch a sports event without seeing some placard proclaiming, in scriptural shorthand, “John 3:16!” Yes, God indeed did (and does) so love the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

No argument with that.

But h...

March 30, 2016

They welcomed him as king – although what king ever appeared riding on a donkey?  But he had preached the coming of a kingdom to people whose thousand-year-old memories of David and Solomon were as fresh as yesterday: memories of conquest, of power and prestige, of wea...

March 12, 2016

That’s the question Jesus frequently asks when a sick, lame, or blind person approaches him with the hope of being healed of their malady: “Do you want to be healed?”

Imagine this response:

Uh, excuse me Jesus, but isn’t that obvious? After all these years of waiting and...

February 14, 2016

What have they got to do with each other? Quite a bit, actually.

The heart is the symbol of the life of striving, of feeling and passion, of conviction. Our language reveals the importance of this symbol: We speak of a heart being touched, or a heart being moved; we can...

May 24, 2015

There they were, behind locked doors, scared to death (understandably enough) that what had happened to Jesus might yet happen to them. And because of their fear, they might have stayed in that upper room for God-knows-how-long, and Christianity would have been stillbo...

April 5, 2015

If you strive to be faithful to Jesus, this is where it leads you: to an empty tomb.

Jesus was faithful, even when God and God's way became totally mysterious – as we too must be faithful. The heart of the Incarnation, of God-becoming-flesh, is found in Jesus' radical a...

April 17, 2014

“Amen, Father, on your planning.
Amen, for you’ll see us through.
Amen when the cross weighs heavy.
Amen everything you do.”
from Stanley Wiersma, Last Visit in Three Voices

May 3: the Feast of Philip and James, the latter known as “the Lesser,” to distinguish him from...

“I arise today through the mighty strength of the Trinity....

Christ to shield me today.”
from The Breastplate of St. Patrick,
attributed to St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland (390-469 C.E.)

Patrick is not only my patron saint; he is also a model for the ministry God has g...

Jesus often spins his stories in such a way that require reflection and thoughtful prayer, especially by those of us who are not students of the first-century Jewish milieu in which he lived and preached. Not this time.
 

In this parable, Jesus has given us two stark ca...

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