Gospel Reflection for September 4, 2016, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 8.13-18; Philomen 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14.25-33 “None of you can be my disciple if you do not renounce all your possessions.” (Luke 14.33) Proclaiming the good news of God’s abundant loving kindness toward all people contradicts conventional wisdom that there is not enough love or anything else to go around, so itContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 4, 2016, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Ordinary Kindness

There is no spiritual practice more profound than being kind to one’s family and neighbors, the cashier at the grocery store, an unexpected visitor, a stray cat or dog, or any other of the usually irrelevant and invisible beings who may cross our paths in the course of a normal day. Certainly there are spiritualContinue reading “Ordinary Kindness”

Ascension

“To them I have revealed your name, so that your love for me may live in them.” – John 17.26 Whose kindnesses and love bring this text alive in your life? How can you, too, have Christ’s love live on in your daily tasks? Put a photo of someone you admire or love in aContinue reading “Ascension”

On Kindness

“The great Syracuse poet Hayden Carruth said, in a poem written near the end of his life, that he was mostly Love, now.” Loving the fiction of George Saunders, I recently picked up his published graduation speech Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness. I recommend the short read. Like This is Water by David Foster Wallace orContinue reading “On Kindness”