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Shaking It Off

The story of the disciples being sent out two by two, without taking anything with them, is Good News! The Good News is that we don’t...

Complacency, Complicity, and the Call

Prophets feel like something set solidly in the past. They have their time period – just like horse drawn carriages or gladiators or oil...

Vision

When we are children, we imagine endless possibilities for our play. With our imagination, we can be astronauts, chefs, royalty,...

Teaching in the Footsteps of Christ

If I tell the story of how I came into ministry, I can tell you what time of the year it was, where I was standing, and what I was doing....

The Fall

As a high school theology teacher and new mother, I often find myself revisiting biblical stories that I have heard and read hundreds of...

Wrestling with Blood

My two-year-old son doesn’t understand much about our faith yet, but he knows that the shape of a cross is associated with Jesus. One...

Experiencing the Trinity in Community

Trinity Sunday can at once feel both mundane and inaccessible. We call upon the name of the Trinity in our prayer so often that the...

Pentecost Is Terrifying

Pentecost is terrifying. The Holy Spirit is terrifying. They are terrifying in the same way that shaking your principal’s hand or the...

Adjusting Expectations

As someone 2,000+ years removed from Christ’s death and resurrection, I can find it easy to chuckle at the apostles’ lack of...

You are My Friend, You’re Special to Me

F-R-I-E-N-D. We all know what that spells. Friends are the best gift we can have. Friendship can get us through any sorrow, hardship,...

Roots

Growing up I found this passage of the gospel concerning the vines and the branches to be fairly straightforward. Then I began...

Commitment to Collective Liberation

In Heather McGhee’s book, The Sum of Us, she tells the story of the drained public pool. In the 1920s and 1930s, there were massive...

Some Mercy Now

“MERCY is NOT table fry sharing!” Almost twenty years after leaving our Mercy high school, my best friend and I still exchange this...

Cobblestones, Grace, and Comfortable Shoes

The strangest Palm Sunday experience I ever had was when I somehow ended up as a lector at the Mass with Pope Benedict several years ago....

Trouble and Glory

Today’s Gospel is particularly difficult to read and reflect on; Jesus predicts his own death, says that those who wish to serve him must...

The Light of God

Even though today is the fourth Sunday of Lent, to most of the world it is just another day. Another Sunday to get laundry done, make...

Listening for God's Voice

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a personal favorite: “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”. My preference for this Psalm...

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

The Old Testament reading this week is the well-known story of “the binding of Isaac.” Abraham has been told by God to bring his only...

The Challenge of the Spirit

Reading Mark’s Gospel often feels like running a sprint, because it is so action-packed and fast paced. Today's Gospel reading comes...

Defying Social Scripts

A friend and I have been trying to get together for over a month, but every week one of our toddlers is sick. And in our post-COVID world...

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