And Now My Watch Begins

First Sunday of Advent Jesus’ instruction in the gospel is clear. He didn’t say, “Wait.” This is solid, reliable assurance that Advent is not primarily about waiting. Rather, he said, “Watch.” It’s similar… Continue reading

Not My Job

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe On my trip to visit family and back this past week, I like to listen to podcasts of old radio game shows. I especially enjoy… Continue reading

Come, Share Your Master’s Joy

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sometime during the funeral of every priest, bishop, pope, religious sister or brother, and occasionally when a military chaplain says a few words at the grave of a… Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Boat

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time I remember a cartoon of two dinosaurs huddled together on a hill. The rising floodwaters had forced them to seek higher ground. Behind them appears to be Noah’s… Continue reading

Do Not Follow Their Example

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time The entire 23rd chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, from which this passage we read today is taken, is an unrelenting, unforgiving diatribe against the religious leaders of… Continue reading

Love Them Anyway

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time You probably know it as the prayer attributed to Mother Teresa, displayed on a wall of her children’s hospital in Calcutta. It begins, “People are illogical, unreasonable, and… Continue reading

Of God or Caesar

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Human beings are complex creatures, multifaceted, multi-dimensional, many layered—like an onion. We are never just one thing or another—Catholic or Protestant, conservative or progressive, married or single, rural… Continue reading

Invitations & Black Tie

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ordinarily, when you get an invitation to dinner or a party, it presumes there is a connection, a relationship, or at best the potential for a relationship, between… Continue reading

Adventures in Vine Growing

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time I am not a fervent devotee of the fruit of the vine. But since it is a requirement in my line of work, I just go along. I… Continue reading

Words & Actions; What Truly Matters

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time The proof is in the pudding. Actually, the original proverb goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. You can talk all you want about how… Continue reading

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