The Word is Life

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...

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...

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,...

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...