The Word is Life

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Missionary Disciples and Heralds of Good News

Here is a link to this week’s readings. At a conference recently, I brought an acorn along with me and kept it in my pocket. When the appropriate point in the talk arrived, I took out the acorn and reminded the...

The Pedagogy of Divine Love

Here is a link to this week’s readings. Several years ago, when I was teaching middle school math, I learned an important lesson about curriculum. There are larger goals and objectives that may not be immediately obvious in any given lesson....

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Social Media Last Judgment

Here is a link to this week’s readings. Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King. Our Gospel reading is taken from Matthew 25, where Jesus describes the Last Judgment, a scene that many artists have rendered over the years, most...

Recognizing a Thief in the Night

Here is a link to this week’s readings. The weather in Massachusetts has been unseasonably warm this fall, and so it was perfect for a boat ride with a friend last month, even though it was a mid-October Sunday evening. In...

LA BRIGUE (ALPES MARITIMES) : ART RELIGIEUX / EGLISE NOTRE-DAME DES FONTAINES: FRESQUES MURALES DE JEAN CANAVESIO (1492) REPRESENTANT LA PASSION DU CHRIST ET LE JUGEMENT DERNIER. COLLEGIALE SAINT MARTIN ET TABLEAUX.
Messengers of Hope and Resurrection

Here is a link to this week’s readings. As a ninth grader, I encountered the story of Romeo and Juliet for the first time. Of course, I had heard the names Romeo and Juliet applied to teenage couples caught up in...

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Humility and the Death Penalty

Here is a link to this week’s readings. There is an insightful Peanuts comic strip in which Charlie Brown says to Snoopy, “I hear you’re writing a book on theology. I hope you have a good title.” Snoopy thinks to himself,...

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The Reformation: 500 Years Later

Here is a link to this week’s readings. [caption id="attachment_18927" align="alignleft" width="200"] Statue of Martin Luther, Wittenberg, Germany.[/caption] Hallowe’en this year will be the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On that day in 1517, according to what may...

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One God or Many One Gods?

Here is a link to this week’s readings. [caption id="attachment_18903" align="alignright" width="199"] Abraham, the Father of Three Monotheistic Faiths. Scene: the binding of Isaac.[/caption] An important transition in Judeo-Christian-Islamic history took place during the Axial Age, when true monotheism appeared on the...

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Getting Ready for the Party!

Here is a link to this week’s readings. Do you have a favorite homemade treat? For me, it's devil dogs. My mother used to make devil dogs from scratch that were delicious with a cold glass of milk. I say "used...

May, 2014: Pope Francis and President Shimon Peres of Israel plant an olive tree together in Jerusalem.
Together with the Jews in the Vineyard of the Lord

Here is a link to this week’s readings. The readings this weekend bring us face to face, once again, with notions of supersessionism, the idea that Christianity has replaced Judaism and is the new Chosen People and People of God. I...