December 18, 2017

What did Mary ponder for so long?

“Re-purposing” is one of those kitschy words that became popular a few years ago. It suggests altering or converting something from its original purpose to make it more suitable for a vastly different purpose...kind of like recycling but with an innovative twist.  Whil...

“Who do people say that I am?”  This is the question Jesus asks his disciples in the gospel of Matthew this month (Matthew 16: 13-20). As the disciples frequently do, they seem a bit flummoxed by that odd question from their leader and kind of mumble around spouting so...

Have you ever heard the saying: “Have faith as of a grain of mustard seed?” and you immediately know what it means? A remarkable thing about the Parable of the Mustard Seed is that both the parable and the seed are pretty small. This parable appears in Matthew, Mark an...

We have an advantage over the people who lived through that first Holy Week. We can take out the stories that appear in Scripture from Palm Sunday through Easter morning and engage with them at our leisure...reading the parts that are familiar and ignoring the parts th...

February 18, 2017

"You are dust, and to dust you shall return." That is one of the most powerful phrases of the Ash Wednesday liturgy. We also hear it repeated in the burial liturgy. It is certainly a reminder of our mortality but it is also a reminder that for all our high flung opinio...

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