Ending the War on Water

“In their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses.” The Lord said to Moses, “Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink.” In the Gospel, a Samaritan woman thirsts for water and goes to a well. She meets Jesus at the well and grumbles a bit with … Continue reading “Ending the War on Water”

Musings on Love

Isaiah writes “The LORD goes forth like a warrior, like a man of war he stirs up his fury; He shouts out his battle cry, against his enemies.” John the Baptist follows Isaiah’s warrior deity and tries to save people from being an enemy to it. He does so by cleansing people of past sins. … Continue reading “Musings on Love”

Holy Children, Holy Families

Mary and Joseph are bringing their new baby, Jesus, “up to Jerusalem.” They are met by a man named “Simeon” who receives their little one as the “Christ.” Simeon beheld the child as one who would transform the world and “took him into his arms and blessed God.” “There was also a prophetess, Anna.” She … Continue reading “Holy Children, Holy Families”

Women are Truthful

Spending time this Advent with Mary, and women in general, we can discover women are truthful. In the responsorial song from the Gospel of Luke, we hear Mary speak truth in a passage known as the Magnificat. The Magnificat is the classic rendition of speaking truth to power, but, since Mary is power, it is … Continue reading “Women are Truthful”

Being Afraid to Love is the Problem

Rulers judge Jesus is a problem and they target problem people with hostility. Jesus focuses on people as friends and is loving. It is therefore not Jesus nor his disciples who are the problem but rulers and their supporters. Thus, the encounter in today’s Gospel when a ruler, “a scholar of the law, tested” the … Continue reading “Being Afraid to Love is the Problem”

Forgiving Seventy-Seven Times

Peter is pondering a limit or cap on the number of times he needs to forgive someone. He says to Jesus, “If my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus famously responds, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Who of us have forgiven … Continue reading “Forgiving Seventy-Seven Times”

Cancel Culture

“You are appointed watchman,” says the Lord in Ezekiel. “When you hear me say anything, you shall warn the wicked for me.” If “you do not… the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death.” Jesus never appoints watchmen for the wicked liable for their deaths. Instead, Jesus … Continue reading “Cancel Culture”

What To Do With U.S. and Biblical Slave Owners?

Following Jesus late into the evening are crowds of people who are hungry. Disciples advise they be dismissed to “go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus says, “(G)ive them some food yourselves.” “Five loaves and two fishes are all we have.” “Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking … Continue reading “What To Do With U.S. and Biblical Slave Owners?”

Plan for Bold Love

Ancient warlords always had a master plan. To sanctify their master plan, they invented mirror image Master warlords, like Yahweh. So it is that Yahweh is described in today’s Old Testament reading as a “master of might” whose plan is for “mastery over all things.” Jesus has no “master” plan for “mastery.” His plan, if … Continue reading “Plan for Bold Love”

A Revolution of Love

Jesus is a loving man. He opens his heart, indeed his whole life to a variety of people who reflect a variety of personalities. Whatever the personality, he is loving. Which is not to say his encounters are always pleasant. He is targeted by antagonistic, angry, and even vengeful personalities – always they are dominant … Continue reading “A Revolution of Love”