Tag: September 2021

Holy Courage

The theme of God’s people struggling to survive in a sophisticated, alien culture appears all throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.  This theme is central to the Book of Esther, which supplies today’s first reading. Today is the only Sunday in our three-year cycle of readings when we hear from this book.  That’s…

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“Something Holier”

NOTE: This post is the first in a new series: “From the Desk of” featuring theological reflection and a Christian response to current events and the state of the world. Like many of you, Joani’s recent homily “Ticked at God” elicited many thoughts and conversations in our family.  In advance of an upcoming conversation on this…

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Good Housekeeping

The 31st chapter of the Book of Proverbs presents us today with the resume of a “spiritual Martha Stewart.” Telford Work, in Feasting on the Word, characterizes it as “an impossible job description…she makes her own clothes; she gets up in the middle of the night to get everyone else going; she takes care of…

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The Power of Words

As you know, it’s unusual for me to focus more on one of the other Sunday readings, when ordinarily I focus on the Gospel.  Today’s reading from the Book of James was just too intriguing for me to pass up. James refers to the blessings and curses which come from the use of our tongues…

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