Hired Hand


Fourth Sunday of Easter Every year, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also affectionately called Good Shepherd Sunday, we read from the 10thchapter of the gospel of John. Now we are all quite… Continue reading

Evidence in Baked Fish


Third Sunday of Easter Let me propose for our consideration what I would call a widely established principle that most reasonable people can get behind. I did not make this up. Instead it… Continue reading

Where Do You Go From Betrayal?


Second Sunday of Easter I was once a student at a small seminary college in New Jersey. We were a class of 12 that graduated two years later. We were a tight bunch… Continue reading

For Your Consideration


Easter Sunday Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! ¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado! Late Friday night I was walking the dog under a glorious full moon… Continue reading

Control


Good Friday We like to be in control. Everywhere. All the time. Now in truth we do possess some limited oversight of a small portion of our known universe, quite a small portion… Continue reading

When They Remember Us


Holy Thursday We celebrated two funerals earlier this week. And each time I sit down with a grieving family, after we hash out the specifics of the funeral liturgy—which date is best for… Continue reading

He is No Victim & Neither Are We


Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Human beings possess this amazing ability to feel and understand the suffering that others know without actually experiencing it firsthand. We can imagine what they experience, and… Continue reading

First The Seed Must Die


Fifth Sunday of Lent Early into my ordination to the priesthood, I came to a painful crossroads. Some of you have heard this story before, but many may not have. So here goes.… Continue reading

God’s Mercy Beyond Measure


Fourth Sunday of Lent Some years ago in my first parish, I took a call from a hospice chaplain about a woman in the hospital whose doctors said she did not have much… Continue reading

Would We Extinguish Our Own Fire?


Third Sunday of Lent In this year’s run-up to the governor’s office in Kansas, six declared candidates are young men, aged 16 and 17, not even old enough to vote. One newspaper reporter… Continue reading

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