One of my favorite Peanuts cartoon strips starts with Linus making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Suddenly he notices his hands. Coming out of the kitchen he encounters his sister. "Lucy," he enthusiastically says, "look at these hands! One day they could be the hands of a terrific surgeon... more
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Today's three readings perfectly dovetail with last week's.
Sirach sets the theme in the first sentence: "Yahweh is a God of justice, who knows no favorites." Since biblical justice revolves around having the proper relationships with God and one another, the author is saying, "Yahweh... more
We must hear today's first and third readings against the background of two stories in II Samuel 15 & 16; both narratives go to the heart of true religion.
For most people in the ancient world, religion was simply a system of special prayers and rubrics which, when employed correctly... more
As I mentioned last week, biblical faith revolves around faith not in things, but in a person, and the vision that person has for changing this world. This week our readings continue that idea, but they also emphasize pushing the limits which restrict that vision from being realized.
We often misunderstand what biblical faith is all about. We think of it as believing in specific doctrines or dogmas, in a certain package of "truths," like, "I believe in the Trinity," or "I believe the Catholic church is the one, true church." Frequently when asked what we believe, we... more