The Common Good

Our church’s theme for Lent is The Good Life. We are looking at parables in Matthew, full of people searching for The Good Life, and Jesus often flipping expectations on their head: the last will be first, surely the rich will struggle entering the kingdom, I dwell among the least of these. We too, like theContinue reading “The Common Good”

“We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market. Growth in justice requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth: it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of theContinue reading

Bread

I love communion. It is a mysterious ritual that always lives a bit beyond our human understanding. I love bread. I married a man who makes bread from scratch– baguettes, pizza dough, bagels and loaves of cracked wheat fill our kitchen with flour and the smell of goodness rising. I love sharing meals with people,Continue reading “Bread”

Why Do You Go to Church?

My pastor friend recently started an adult confirmation class at her church. Why? Well, in part because the church doesn’t have any kids of the typical confirmation class age. Also, she has noticed that many adults, who may or may not have been confirmed as youth, struggle to articulate why they go to church. ForContinue reading “Why Do You Go to Church?”

Gospel Reflection for March 18th, 4th Sunday in Lent

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but so the world might be saved through him.” John 3.17 Jesus’ mission is not to condemn the world but to save it.  He calls us who believe in him to do likewise.  Like Nicodemus, we find thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 18th, 4th Sunday in Lent”

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”

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”