Tag Archives: Gospel

The Church Goes Green

Have you noticed that the Church has gone green? The Easter season has been over for a few weeks now. The flowers are put away, the sprinkling rite has been phased out, and the great sense of joyfulness has been tempered. We are now full swing into the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time; isn’t that just another word for boring time? What’s left to celebrate after Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter? Everything in between of course. Ordinary Time celebrates the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. There is nothing ordinary about that! …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

January 13: The Baptism of the Lord Gospel: Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22 The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon …

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The New Juggler

Recently, I’ve been peppering teens with the following question:  Can what happened to the Apostles happen to you in the year 2012?  This is an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s question:  “Can a cultured man, a European of our day, believe, really believe in the divinity of Christ, the Son of God?” These sorts of questions happen to be some of the most important ones, especially on the brink of the Year of Faith, and at a time in history when it seems that most everything in the culture is pushing against organized religion, Christianity, etc.  The …

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Doubting Joseph

We have a couple of odd rituals in our house.  The first is this: I ask my wife what’s on our schedule for a particular day.  She runs down what’s on our calendar and carefully tells me where I need to be and when I need to be there – at which point I take down the family calendar and look for myself. The second is like it: Just about every morning I ask my youngest daughter if she’s buying school lunch or packing and she tells me exactly when she’s buying and what’s on …

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