Early Christian thinkers, like the Apostle Paul and Saint Augustine were fixated on what made Mary different from every other mother… . Today we focus on what she has in common with every mother…
…when I returned to my own family’s table, my father said grace. He did so every night of my youth. And it was always the same.
I remember it well. It went like this:
An act, no matter how small, can have immense implications.
Why is the Bible…paying such close attention to the plight of a poor widow living in a foreign land?
Listening is God like. It is a great gift that we can give each other — the gift of listening.
When we listen, we act in faith. We heal.
… there is at least one virtue to this process — this process of writing a sermon in the middle of living life.
When I do this, I can grab things almost as they happen.
To be alive is to be unpredictable.
For a living thing, purpose is not a single pre-ordained thing, like fastening two boards together.
Every time we take a living thing and limit its nature to a singular purpose, we oppress it.
When James (whoever he was) wrote the letter, it is likely that he had very little confidence that his words would ever make it to any of the communities of the faithful to which it was addressed…
Nevertheless, he wrote it.
In this generation that its awake to the many ways that people can love, and the many ways that people can experience gender…
Are we going to interpret the gospel in a way that we proposes that we hate our own bodies? I say no!
I’ve been listening to Walt Whitman in the car.