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“Blessed Are Who?”

February 17, 2019

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” So begins the Gospel of Luke’s account of Jesus and his Beatitudes. But that’s not how I…


Slaying the demon of unworthiness

February 10, 2019

Peter is a little freaked out by the miraculous catch of fish. It is suddenly clear to him, weighed down by crazy-heavy nets on the shores of the Lake of…


Becoming Pickled

January 27, 2019

For most of us, conversion is slow and subtle. This is as much true for whole communities as it is for individuals. Maybe more so. One of my favorite ways…


Remarks for Shared Homily

January 20, 2019

"Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee” (John 2:1-11). The first of his signs. There are other signs to come across the gospel of John.…


Grace upon grace

January 20, 2019

One of the stops we made early on in our pilgrimage was in the village of Cana, at the church built on top of the church built on top of…


Word made Flesh

December 30, 2018

Some weeks ago a few of us were talking about Christmas pageants and how no one has ever made a children’s pageant based on John’s version of the nativity. I…


The Incarnation according to Bruce Springsteen

December 24, 2018

In a few weeks, some of us will visit what is called the “Shepherd’s Field” on the outskirts of modern-day Bethlehem, the field where archeologists and historians suspect the shepherds…


Gaudete Sunday

December 16, 2018

Today is Gaudete Sunday. It takes its name from today’s epistle -- “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice,” says St. Paul. And the prophet Zephaniah says, “Rejoice…


Getting holy

December 2, 2018

Welcome to Advent. Welcome in. (Have you heard someone say that recently in a shop or café or convenience store? I don’t know why that expression annoys me so much,…


What is truth?

November 25, 2018

“What is truth?” The lectionary doesn’t include it, but that’s the next line of today’s gospel. And it’s Pilate who asks the question… Pilate, the representative of Caesar: the bringer…