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Breath of the Spirit

Pastoral, Liturgical, Teaching, and Social Justice Moments brought to you by www.DignityUSA.org.

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Have you ever noticed how often in the gospel Jesus tells people he’s helped, “Your faith has saved you?” We’d expect him to say, “I have saved you.”

Faith is obviously a big thing for the historical Jesus, so important that Mark tells us it limits his ability to do good things... more

Hans Walter Wolff’s famous definition of a prophet is brief, but to the point: “The prophet is that person in the community who provides us with the future implications of our present actions.”

His definition comes to life in today’s three readings.

One need only go a... more

It’s easy to see why the historical Jesus frequently had to defend himself for hanging with “sinners.” His reform mindset automatically triggered vociferous objections from those pious individuals who scrupulously observed the harmless externals demanded of God’s people, but inwardly, as... more

Students of Scripture must always be conscious of what’s going on when a sacred text is being written. Those contemporary events not only motivate the author to write, but divine inspiration only kicks in when he or she addresses them. This is certainly the case in today’s Exodus reading.... more

It would help our Eucharistic communities today to tell our lectors to put aside the lectionary when it comes time for the second reading, pick up a Bible and proclaim Paul’s entire letter to Philemon. I’ve found through the years that it takes far less time to read the whole 25 verse letter... more

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