God With Us on the Move

A friend of mine spent ten weeks working at a migrant center in Tijuana this summer. Tijuana is a city generally seen as the last stop for migrants from Central America trying to cross into San Diego. Lately, the center is also housing large numbers of people from all over the world seeking asylum andContinue reading “God With Us on the Move”

Gospel Reflection for November 29, 2015, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.12-4.2; Luke 21.25-28, 34-36 “Stay watchful.” (Luke 21.36) Advent begins with a gospel that imagines Jesus coming in glory. The gospel fairly froths with frightening images. Scary gospels can hardly worry us more than our everyday headlines and breaking news. Refugees swarm north across border after border, seeking aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 29, 2015, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Speaking Truth to Power

“If I am killed, I shall rise again in the Salvadoran people.” –Mon. Oscar Romero This prophecy of Oscar Romero came true. He was killed for speaking out on behalf of the poor in El Salvador. He did rise again in his people. On five different occasions, I brought a group of high school juniorsContinue reading “Speaking Truth to Power”

Gospel Reflection for September 22, 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.  Neither can you serve both God and wealth.” Luke 16.13 In the parable that forms Sunday’s gospel (Luke 16.1-13), Jesus surprisingly holds up an embezzlerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 22, 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Example of a Good Shepherd: Norman Borlaug

John’s gospel makes an extended comparison between Jesus and shepherds who pasture, protect, and water their flocks and who at night sleep in the opening of the sheepfold. Jesus is both the good shepherd and the gate to the sheepfold. This Sunday the Church reads from John 10, where the gospel makes this comparison. AContinue reading “Example of a Good Shepherd: Norman Borlaug”

Gospel Reflection for Lent: How does the Holy Spirit work in our world?

In the gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness, where he duels with the devil.  The Spirit fills Mary, Elizabeth, Zachariah, and Simeon before descending upon Jesus at his baptism and leading him into the desert.  All these activities culminate in Jesus’ first preaching, his inaugural addressContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for Lent: How does the Holy Spirit work in our world?”

Radical, Mutual Love

Radical, Mutual Love. A guest post from Ellie Roscher.   “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) This vision of radical, mutual love that Paul had for the Galatians cameContinue reading “Radical, Mutual Love”

Peace Be with You

via Peace Be with You. by Claire Bischoff In this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 24:35-48), Jesus utters a seemingly simple greeting upon appearing to his disciples after his resurrection: “Peace be with you.” It is the same salutation we offer to others sitting around us at mass each week for the kiss of peace. Saying “peace be withContinue reading “Peace Be with You”

Response to #KONY2012 from a Sister in Uganda

Marion Weinzapel is one of four Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet working in the Diocese of Gulu, Uganda, with Archbishop John Baptist Odama.  She describes how the Kony 2012 video gone viral complicates the peace process many have long worked on in her own informal interview with him.  INFORMAL CONVERSATION WITH ARCHBISHOP JOHN BAPTIST ODAMAContinue reading “Response to #KONY2012 from a Sister in Uganda”