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A Still, Small Voice: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A

1 Kings 19:9a, 10–13a; Romans 9:1–5; Matthew 14:22–33 I used to be involved in an online discussion group where a fair number of former police officers participated, and the subject of de-escalation came up—that is, how to help people go … Continue reading

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Yoke Yourself to Him—Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Zechariah 9:9–10; Romans 8:9, 11–13; Matthew 11:25–30 My oldest granddaughter, Kennady, has always had a sense for or awareness of the mystical. When she was around 4, Gina was reading to her for the first time from a book of … Continue reading

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Why, Lord?—26th Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Cycle II)

Job 9:1–12, 14–16; Luke 9:57–62 Why do bad things happen to good people? That question seems to be at the forefront of Job’s story. There’s a whole branch of theology that we refer to as theodicy dedicated to this question … Continue reading

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God doesn’t want you to be happy—Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle C)

  2 Samuel 12:7–10, 13; Galatians 2:16, 19–21; Luke 7:36–8:3 God doesn’t want you to be happy. God doesn’t want you to be prosperous. God doesn’t want you to be successful. God doesn’t want you to “be nice” to others. … Continue reading

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Praying for Vocations

Hebrews 6:17–7:2; Matthew 9:35–38 The readings today reflect two different elements of religious vocation, whether to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life. One is that eternal mystery of Christ’s royal priesthood, in which all bishops and presbyters take part, and … Continue reading

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The Broken Road Back: Third Sunday of Easter (Cycle C)

Acts 5:27–32, 40b–41; Revelation 5:11–14; John 21:1–19 I have a special place in my heart for the Apostle Peter. It’s clear in many gospel passages that he is completely clueless about what is happening. He wears his heart on his … Continue reading

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Male and Female He Created Them—Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.” This verse appears, more or less, in two of the three … Continue reading

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