Resurrecting

“Mary Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning… and saw the stone removed.” She ran “to the other disciples… and told them, ‘They have taken Jesus from the tomb, and we don’t know where he is.’” The priestly rulers who sought Jesus’ murder, the political rulers who ordered it, and the soldiers who … Continue reading “Resurrecting”

What Do We Will?

The Old Testament concerns the will of the priestly class to judge a man a sinner. He is a leper. The judgment dehumanizes the man. No longer is he a human being with a disease but instead, he is the disease. He is the sin; “the priest shall declare him unclean… (he) shall keep his … Continue reading “What Do We Will?”

Capitalism’s Scarcity or a Mother’s Abundance?

Old Testament priests demand from the people money and consumables such as grain and animals from the people’s labor, “burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar.” Priests burned some of the people’s offerings and sacrifices but stored most for themselves, in the Temple. The Temple operated as an early bank for rulers … Continue reading “Capitalism’s Scarcity or a Mother’s Abundance?”

Healed of the Herd

Late into the night disciples are in a boat “being tossed about by the waves.” They see Jesus coming “toward them walking on the sea.” “They were terrified” “and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’” Peter alone asserts he is not … Continue reading “Healed of the Herd”

Risking Civilization

During Jesus’ time, family meant tribal safety in a threatening world. When Jesus draws people away from family, as he does in this Sunday’s Gospel, he is replacing tribalism with community and safety with risk. He tells potential followers about the risk, “take up your cross and follow after me.” The risk happens because tribal … Continue reading “Risking Civilization”

Nursing Courage

“Jesus said to the Twelve: “Fear no one.” Who is it we typically fear? Likely people willing to cause us physical harm, for example, angry men. What is it we typically fear? Likely things able to cause us physical harm, for example, a deadly disease like the coronavirus. Some centuries back, the people of Italy … Continue reading “Nursing Courage”

Facts To Believe In

Disciples believe they have seen Jesus and tell Thomas about it. Ordinarily, not a big deal. Except for the fact the disciples watched Jesus die just a few days earlier. How can they reconcile the two? How can people know facts and believe something else entirely? Setting aside a supernatural experience such as the Resurrection, … Continue reading “Facts To Believe In”

Blind Spots

“As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth,” and thus judged a sinner. Disciples, influenced by their culture’s values, ask if his blindness is the sin of “this man or his parents.” Jesus replied, “Neither,” “it is so the works of God might be made visible through him.” Jesus then healed the … Continue reading “Blind Spots”

Light In The Darkness

Isaiah writes, “(I)f you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for you in the darkness.” So too Jesus speaks of bestowing Beatitudes or Blessings and then telling us, “You are the light of the world.” “Just so, your light must shine before others.” Today’s readings illuminate light … Continue reading “Light In The Darkness”