The Word is Life

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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...

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The Black Flesh of Christ Crucified

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. [caption id="attachment_18835" align="alignright" width="400"] Photo from https://utsnyc.edu/faculty/james-h-cone/[/caption] With the current social climate in the United States around issues of race, I decided to read James Cone’s award-winning book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree...

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Ring the Bells: Christian Learning and Assessment

Here is a link to this week’s readings. At my home parish of St. John’s in Worcester, something interesting happened a few years back. I noticed it one Tuesday at the daily Mass. At the moment of consecration, there were no...

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Mercy for the Immigrant and the Refugee

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. The readings this week are about the contingency of forgiveness. While we might like to think that God’s mercy is unconditional, that is not what we learn from Christ and the Scriptures. Instead,...

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Wait for the Lord with Courage

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. The devastation in Houston and in the Gulf region, in the Caribbean (and likely in Florida by the time you are reading this) due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the...

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Murder-Suicide and the Meaning of Mercy

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Last weekend, I went with a friend to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the hyped-up fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. In the tenth round, McGregor, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter...

March 26, 2000: Pope St. John Paul the Great at the Western wall, Jerusalem, Israel.
No Replacing the Jews

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. [caption id="attachment_18761" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Holocaust Memorial, Boston, MA[/caption] Some serious things have been happening in our world while I was on vacation. Neo-Nazis demonstrated on the streets in Charlottesville, VA, chanting, "Jews will...

On vacation

Dear friends and readers, I am taking a little vacation time this summer. The TWIL Blog will return August 27th. Peace always, Kevin...

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Hearing the Voice of God

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. When I was a counselor at Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake in Maine a few years back, I was walking fast (as I usually do) up the trail from the water to the...