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

8 Seconds

Second Sunday of Lent Time Magazine reported in a 2015 study conducted by Microsoft Corporation in Canada that the average adult human attention span is 8 seconds, down from 12 in the year… Continue reading

Among Wild Beasts & Angels

First Sunday of Lent With the tragic school shooting this past Ash Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL adding another 14 students and 3 adults to the ever growing… Continue reading

Judgement & Accountability

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Making a judgement about anything is a perfectly natural thing we humans do. In and of itself, it is neither right nor wrong. When we have a new… Continue reading

Keeping On Keeping On

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Misery loves company. So they say. But in my experience, it’s not company that misery loves. Rather, what misery loves is surpassing the competition. Misery wants to be… Continue reading

How To Make Evil Tremble

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time The evil spirit knew exactly who Jesus was. “You are the Holy One of God.” Now throughout the gospel of Mark, a lot of time is spent trying… Continue reading

Opportunity & Urgency

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time It takes great skill to know when the time is just right. Or maybe it’s instinct. Or maybe it’s the perfect combination of the two. Good timing is… Continue reading

The Content of One’s Character

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time The human body is an amazing machine—all at once simple and highly complex, at times fragile and delicate, yet also ever strong and resilient. I have seen what… Continue reading

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