Exploring the Word

28 Dec 2008

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

Destination: Contradiction

Most of us like to keep things simple. In life we draw up a plan and then step-by-step try to put it into action.

21 Dec 2008

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

God's last known address

The desire to house God at a singular address was countered by God’s insistence that it actually works the other way around: The Creator built the house in which creation lives and moves and has its being.

14 Dec 2008

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

The cool thing about John

Life had never been comfortable for John; he would have seen no reason to set people at their ease with the little fictions that litter most conversations.

7 Dec 2008

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Ready or not

Some things take forever to get here. Whether it’s the arrival of a friend, a birthday, or the holiday season we’re anticipating, the day can’t come fast enough.

30 Nov 2008

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Surprise, surprise

Some people love surprises. Others do everything in their power to organize their lives against the unexpected. If your idea of a great party is having guests leap out from behind the furniture when you arrive home to a dark house, then maybe you’ll love the end of the world, too.

23 Nov 2008

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

The spirit of judgment

IF, AS A SHEPHERD OF SOULS, you could change one thing about the minds and hearts of your parishioners, what would it be?

16 Nov 2008

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What are you worth?

GIVE AN ACCOUNTING of your net worth. Where would you begin? Some might have only to turn out their pockets. Others might peek into a checkbook. If you’re especially fortunate you may have columns of investments, home equity, a vehicle or two, a handful of jewels.

9 Nov 2008

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Cycle A

The temple is you

WHAT WOULD YOU INCLUDE on a list of holy places: Jerusalem? Rome? The local cathedral? We might agree that houses of worship, cloisters, shrines, retreat centers, and burial grounds are consecrated places.

2 Nov 2008

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), Cycle A

Nothing is lost

MOST EUROPEAN AMERICANS approach All Souls' Day in a spirit of sober reverence. This is a day to remember our dead, and so it has the feel of a collective funeral about it. But it’s also a liturgical event and therefore a statement of what we believe is true: about death, for the dead, and for us.

26 Oct 2008

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

How should we live?

Everybody who goes to church knows the basic rules of Christian living. Of course, often as not, they default to the Hebrew code when asked to describe them, but that’s another issue entirely.