Gospel Reflection for November 20, Feast of Christ the King

The just ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you were a stranger and welcome you or naked and give you clothing?  When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” “I assure you,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 20, Feast of Christ the King”

Vocation

A guest post by Claire Bischoff in reflection of this week’s Gospel Matthew 25:14-30 What do you think are the world’s great hungers? What brings you deep gladness? At my high school, one day each year was set aside for “Vocations Day,” when priests, nuns, and brothers came to talk to our religion classes about their lives.Continue reading “Vocation”

The Power of Lament

Guest post by Ellie Roscher Meet Joe. Joe was a fifteen-year old who was randomly placed in my sophomore Hebrew Scripture class. He walked in disheveled, out of uniform and groggy every morning. He sat in the back, slouched, and never raised his hand. I have learned that instead of becoming offended by a kid likeContinue reading “The Power of Lament”

Gospel Reflection for November 13th, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “To those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing; even what they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25.29 The moral of this Sunday’s parable seems counter-intuitive to the Gospel messages to which we are most accustomed. What happened to “the lastContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 13th, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Violence and Human Dignity

How do you define violence? What violence are you exposed to in your community? Guest Post from Claire Bishoff in reflection of Matthew 22:34-40   Until very recently, I did not think much about violence. I was confident that my only exposure to it came through the occasional act of violence I saw in a movieContinue reading “Violence and Human Dignity”

God speaks to me through television, movies, and music

God speaks to me through television, movies, and music. To put it that way makes it sound sort of creepy, as if I actually hear the voice of God coming through my laptop or iPod. What I mean is that, at times, I learn something about God, myself, and creation through these sources. Often thisContinue reading “God speaks to me through television, movies, and music”

AIDS

Yesterday as its editor, I worked on the Sunday by Sunday issues for Advent, Christmas, and after. The Two Feet feature in the issue for the 1st Sunday of Advent recommends observing World AIDS Day, December 1, by visiting UNAIDS. The World Health Organization initiated this day to reduce the shame and spread of AIDS.Continue reading “AIDS”

How to Help the Hungry

Bread for the World calls attention to new hunger data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture released September 7. For the third year in a row a record high 14.5% of American households suffer food insecurity. What is worse, the USDA reports 25% of African-American and 26% of Hispanic households experience food insecurity compared withContinue reading “How to Help the Hungry”

A Labor Day Blessing

“Prosper for us the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17) When all are gathered, the leader lights a center candle and begins. LEADER: Christ, our Light, has called us to follow his example. ALL: May our work this week be done in his light and shed his love on those we meet. LEADER: Let usContinue reading “A Labor Day Blessing”

Exploring Recent Theologies of God

Reading theology is one way to keep faith. Study often leads to insight and sometimes prayer. Theology helps me find words for my small graced moments and recognize the broad trends in which we live. So I’m teaching a theology course this fall on Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God, Mapping Frontiers in theContinue reading “Exploring Recent Theologies of God”