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

The Way of God’s Family


23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Being a middle child, I absolutely detest all manner of conflict and confrontation. If I sense trouble brewing up ahead, my quick instinct is to panic discreetly and… Continue reading

Becoming & Making Disciples


22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time If I had power by waving my hands over you to make you abandon your beliefs and convictions instantly and absolutely, and instead embrace whatever beliefs and convictions… Continue reading

No Game of Chance


21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Rock, paper, scissors. Simple. Easy. Uncomplicated. Some say it’s a game of skill; some, a game of chance. Historically, its roots go back to the Chinese Han dynasty… Continue reading

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