The Word is Life

The American Babylonian Captivity

Don't forget to Spring Ahead this weekend! Here is a link to this week’s readings. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead and 14 injured, mostly teenagers. Again, the nation is mourning, and families and friends are devastated. After...

Taking the Temple to the People

Here is a link to this week’s readings. When the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., it seemed to the early Christians to confirm the passing of the Old Law and the inauguration of the New, which required no more...

Racism and Transfiguration

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. As we continue the penitential season of Lent, it is appropriate that we are also celebrating Black History Month. The Church in the United States has yet to effectively proclaim the Gospel in...

Love Remains!

Here is a link to this week's readings. This past week, Latin Rite Catholics and many other Christians began their Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday. (Our Eastern Catholic family began Great Lent two days earlier on “Clean Monday,” and our Orthodox...

Outcasts Then and Now

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. I have a friend who is HIV positive. Had he been born ten years earlier, he would probably be dead now. Fortunately, advances in science and medicine—and access to treatment—have allowed him to...

Holding on to Hope

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. George Bernard Shaw once observed that “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist the parachute.” We need a bit of both, don’t we? Christians aren’t required...

Matisse and the Mass: Continuity and Change

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. One of the most unusual depictions of the Stations of the Cross is in the Chapel of the Rosary at the Dominican Convent in Vence, France. The chapel, designed by Henri Matisse, features...

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...