The Word is Life

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...