The Word is Life

The Ordinary Cost of Discipleship

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. “Repent, and believe in the Gospel!” We hear these words on Ash Wednesday, and they are the heart of the readings today… and of the entire Gospel. We need to hear them again...

Wise Mentors on The Way

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. In a paper I read recently, one of my students talked openly about growing up with an abusive father. As she reflected back on those years, she was especially upset by religious people...

A Personal Epiphany

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. A few weeks ago, when I finished my workout at the gym, I was pretty hungry and decided to go to Taco Bell. (Yes, I went to Taco Bell after working out at...

Greed or Gratitude in the Family of God?

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. Here is a link for the readings for January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Last week, we reflected on the family as a symbol of the great family of God. In...

Is Blood Really Thicker than Water?

Here is a link to this week’s readings. As we enter the Christmas season, many of us think about family. For some, this brings warm feelings of comfort, peace, and joy. For others, the thought of family brings heartache, either because...

What Kind of Person Would Kill Jesus?

Here is a link to this week’s readings. At the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, he opened the scroll in the synagogue to the passage from Isaiah that we hear today in the first reading: “The spirit of the Lord GOD is...

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....

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...