Exploring the Word

28 Jan 2024

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Teaching with authority

One of my favorite teachings from the epistles is almost a throwaway line from Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, do not nag your children, lest they lose heart.”

21 Jan 2024

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Caught in a bigger net

I’m not going to pretend that I know a thing about fishing. But I do know a thing or two about casting nets and being caught in them. And isn’t being caught how each of us discovers our vocation?

14 Jan 2024

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Recognizing the Master’s voice

The young boy sleeps in the shrine, curled up in the most sacred spot in Israel, though he can scarcely appreciate it. Dedicated to God in his mother’s womb, Samuel was delivered into the service of religion without ever being asked what he wanted.

7 Jan 2024

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle B

Too many kings

Too many kings introduces the problem in the eternal story of powers and principalities. So doggone many earthly authorities vie for our allegiance.

31 Dec 2023

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle B

Holy Family values

The great marathon of the holidays is almost over. Most of the big meals have been cooked; most of the significant family gatherings have met.

24 Dec 2023

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Where God lives

Imagine the misplaced compassion of David! David the king felt sorry for God. As he looked out of his palace window and saw the Tent of the Presence, David felt that he lived better than God did.

17 Dec 2023

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Giving our testimony

Who are you? If you had to describe yourself to someone, how would you begin? Some of us would start with a physical description: I am so tall, with such color skin, hair, and eyes.

10 Dec 2023

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Prepare the way!

What are you waiting for? The most disastrous answer anyone can give to that question is nothing. It’s the Advent question, boiled clean of all the theology and catechism we were taught and can’t use where the rubber meets the road of life.

3 Dec 2023

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Now is the time

Someone ought to find out what time is made of and get a patent on the stuff. Think of the possibilities!

26 Nov 2023

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Cycle A

Sitting in the judgment seat

Have you ever had to hire someone to work for you? It’s an awful business! Here come the halt and the hopeful, resumes crumpled, palms sweaty, serving time on the death-row-of-the-unemployed. Most of these people will surely not be chosen for rescue, at least not here and not today.