Category Archives: Social Political Issues

Easter 6B: The Happy Paradox of Voluntary Servitude

The Readings for this Sixth Sunday of Easter: First Reading         Acts 10:44–48 Psalm                    Psalm 98 New Testament     1 John 5:1–6 Gospel                   John 15:9–17 It’s sooo hard for us to understand and accept true freedom. It’s so … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

The institution held. Thank God the institution held. I wept the night of January 6 when the United States Senate voted to accept the certification of Joe Biden as President of the country. I wept again when Judge Peter Cahill … Continue reading

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Easter 4B: Good Shepherd Sunday and Earth Day

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is part of John chapter 10–Jesus discourse on himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18). Wendell Berry distinguishes between farmers who are married to the land and others who rape the land. I see … Continue reading

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Easter 2 B: Resurrection Oneness

Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter are First Reading         Acts 4:32–35 Psalm                    Psalm 133 New Testament     1 John 1:1–2:2 Gospel                   John 20:19–31 Throughout all my years of ministry if I had a choice of things … Continue reading

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Easter B: Resurrection Questions

The readings for Easter Year B, The Resurrection of Our Lord First Reading         Acts 10:34–43 or Isaiah 25:6–9 Psalm                    Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 New Testament     1 Corinthians 15:1–11 or Acts 10:34–43 Gospel                   John 20:1–18 or Mark 16:1–8 … Continue reading

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Lent 4 B: Poisonous Prevention

These are the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent Old Testament      Numbers 21:4–9 Psalm                    Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22 New Testament     Ephesians 2:1–10 Gospel                   John 3:14–21 The Old Testament and Gospel readings both refer to famous cases … Continue reading

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Lent 3 B: Use Science, Don’t “Trust” It

The Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent: Old Testament       Exodus 20:1–17 Psalm                    Psalm 19 New Testament      1 Corinthians 1:18–25 Gospel                   John 2:13–22 Because our last President made such a mess of our nation’s pandemic response … Continue reading

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Lent 1 B: The Noah Covenant and the Pandemic

This Sunday’s readings: Old Testament      Genesis 9:8–17 Psalm                    Psalm 25:1–10 New Testament     1 Peter 3:18–22 Gospel                   Mark 1:9–15 Last Sunday was Transfiguration, and we thought of that word of our time: “unprecedented.” The fire, the windstorm, … Continue reading

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Transfiguration B: Listen through Unprecedented

Today on one more day of an unprecedented stretch of super cold temperatures, we look out on unprecedentedly huge drifts of snow, in the midst of a pandemic that has infected and killed unprecedented numbers of people worldwide, and listen … Continue reading

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Epiphany 4 B “Rebuke the Disease, Not the Diseased”

Years ago we fought off a family disease. Substance abuse was our plague, and we were in a group family therapy program where the leader had each set of parents draw a picture of the disease, place it on a … Continue reading

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