Lifting Up Soldiers from the Abuse of War

Jeremiah writes of a WarLord, or Soldier Master, who claims to love his “chosen people,” and “will write his law upon their hearts.” But then says, “they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master.” The people are shown as holy for accepting enslavement, abuse, and violence from their ruling Soldier Master. … Continue reading “Lifting Up Soldiers from the Abuse of War”

Youth Are Not Being Radicalized, They Are Being Soldiered

“God put Abraham to the test.” Take your “son Isaac… and offer him up as a holocaust.” “Abraham… took the knife to slaughter his son.” But God said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy.” “I know now how devoted you are.” Abraham’s tribe is transfigured by his action on a mountaintop. A people … Continue reading “Youth Are Not Being Radicalized, They Are Being Soldiered”

Scoundrels

“Let the scoundrel forsake his way,” says Isaiah. A scoundrel is a wicked person who causes division, for example, through supremacy. Jesus tells a parable about men working with others at a task but who then become scoundrels. They cause division by acting as supremacists rejecting the authority of the one giving them their task … Continue reading “Scoundrels”

Duped

“I let myself be duped,” acknowledges Jeremiah in the first reading. He knows who duped him, “You duped me O Lord.” Being duped by Lords, earthly ones who invent heavenly ones, is unfortunately rather common. Jesus in the Gospel is therefore wisely educating his disciples about Lords and not to be duped by them, “Jesus … Continue reading “Duped”

Anti-Abortion: Different Means and Ends

“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” You are Mary, and upon this beloved I will build my church. You are Perpetua and Felicity, and upon this endurance and happiness I will build my church. You are Hans and … Continue reading “Anti-Abortion: Different Means and Ends”

The Climate of Militarism

Affirming nature, its beauty and goodness, is the long term pattern, or climate, of the Gospel. Jesus’ words and actions create an atmosphere of communion with nature. His ambiance is one of gratitude for the gifts of nature. The Gospel climate of affirming nature is especially true in Jesus’ parable of The Sower this Sunday. … Continue reading “The Climate of Militarism”

A Red Flag

Jesus is telling the crowds, “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” Those listening quarrel at the thought. Who would not put up a red flag after that? A red flag is used to warn of danger. When Jesus speaks of … Continue reading “A Red Flag”

The Last Temptation of Soldiers

“All the chief priests and the elders took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.” “After Pilate had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to soldiers to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor… stripped off his clothes and … Continue reading “The Last Temptation of Soldiers”

Dying While We Are Still Alive

Jesus is summoned for a sick friend but upon arriving “found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.” When Jesus tells Lazarus’ sister, Martha, “Your brother will rise,” she mistakenly thinks Jesus means a “resurrection on the last day.” He does not. Together they go to the tomb where Jesus “cried … Continue reading “Dying While We Are Still Alive”