Breath of the Spirit
November 15, 2023 | by Jon Schum | It is so tempting to look for “the” meaning in a Scriptural passage. But today’s reflection reminds us that Jesus’s parables are not intended to offer easy solutions so much as upend them. We are invited to discern what meaning today’s Parable of the Talents might hold for us, a process grounded not in human cleverness so much as in awe at Divine love and majesty.
October 25, 2023 | by Thomas DeVoyd | As Christians, we believe the Scriptures’ moral code is grounded in the Divine Delight in all creation, and in the dignity Love imbues to every corner of the universe. Today’s reflection reminds us that such lofty faith must be rooted in concrete actions. Our salvation and survival depend on it.
October 18, 2023 | by Marianne Seggerman | It is difficult not to get caught up in the toxic politics of our times. Conversations seem to move so quickly from innocuous to offensive. In today’s gospel (and today’s reflection), Jesus sidesteps controversy by inviting us to do our own discernment. Jesus refuses to be a substitute for the listeners’ (and our own) consciences, instead inviting us to invest in our own integrity.
September 27, 2023 | by John P. Falcone | It is tempting to hear the Christian call to humility or meekness as an excuse to excuse injustice. But today’s reflection reminds us that in the Christian worldview humble and assertive coexist. In fact, if we are to take Jesus as our model, authentic humility always comes with a dash of “uppity.”
September 20, 2023 | by Richard Young | It can be difficult and frustrating to understand what Jesus’ parables mean for us. How can a given story apply to my life right now? Today’s reflection invites us to hear Jesus’s parable of the generous employer as sign of the generosity and equality which God offers to everyone¾and which we are called to offer to one another.