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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...

The Tension of Good Friday

I'll never forget walking into church that Good Friday in 2013. I was in RCIA and experienced the Triduum for the first time as an almost...

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...

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...

In My Rent Garments

I am struggling to imagine a world reconciled to God. It is not the world I see around me. The horrific attacks on Israel on October 7th....

The Gift of Presence

Since I finished my undergraduate degree almost nine years ago, I have moved a lot. Across four cities, seven apartments, and six...

The Gift of Choices

The miracles of Jesus served many purposes; of course, they were service to those who most needed healing, but they also supported Jesus’...

Shaped by Family

“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:22). This is one of the small peeks we...

In the Fray

Today’s Gospel reading states that “A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might...

Make Me a Prophet

The mountain village of Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, is the location of two churches in the Holy Land: The Church of the Visitation...

Be Forgiven and Forgive

Today's Readings One of the phrases I have unabashedly preached as a parent is: There’s nothing we can’t work through, as long as you’re...

Taking a Leap to See Jesus

Today's Readings Today’s gospel sets the scene of the disciples at sea braving a harsh night. Imagine huge waves crashing into your boat...

The Gentle Mastery of Christ

Today's Readings Gentleness. Isn’t it true that we all long to be treated gently? Isn’t gentleness what we’re searching for when we rush...

Like a Shepherd

Today's Readings Jesus is the Good Shepherd - this idea for Christ is warm, welcoming, and unwavering. Jesus as the Good Shepherd...

The “both/and” of the Eucharist

Today's Readings I have been a part of a variety of different Catholic communities in my lifetime, and each of them has placed a slightly...

Love Spilled Out

Today's Readings Today, on the 6th Sunday of Easter, is one of my favorite Gospel readings by John. It is all about loving God, loving...

The Cornerstones

Today's Readings Today is the fifth Sunday of Easter and the readings offer us a glimpse into the early days of the Church. The people...

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