Author: Jana Bennett

Second Sunday of Easter: The Art of Being With Others

ACTS 5:12-16 PS 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-2 REV 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19 JN 20:19-31 I also wrote a lectionary post this week for my friends at Ekklesia Project. The Revised Common Lectionary readings are slightly different than the Catholic readings this week, but some of the points I make here are illustrated further there . See here for more. This week, our reading from Acts focuses on “signs and wonders” done by apostles, and shows people living in hope that even Peter’s shadow might bring about healing. This week, my gaze is drawn toward Thomas and his lack of trust of...

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“Would You Sign This?” No, Yes, and the Culture Wars

Evidently, when we collectively suggested a blog exchange last week, we all forgot the stuff we had to do this week. At least, that’s my excuse for being the lone writer this week at the end of the week. Here are my belated response to Emily’s thoughts, set forth in bullet points. These are not particularly connected but reflect some of the concerns I heard voiced. First things first – would I sign this document if I were in this position? The difficulty is, it depends.   No – When I first read through these points, I read them...

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Treating God’s Anointed

1 SM 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-2 PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 1 COR 15:45-49 LK 6:27-38 Today’s reading from 1 Samuel depicts David sneaking close enough to his enemy Saul – close enough to kill him – but making off with Saul’s spear and water jug. This is actually the second time David has sneaked close to Saul – the first time (1 Samuel 24:1-5), he cuts a piece of tunic off Saul’s robe. In both cases, David names Saul as the Lord’s anointed, and we get a sense of how God calls us to treat the Lord’s...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Light One Candle of Courage

MI 5:1-4A PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19. HEB 10:5-10 LK 1:39-45 I know that on today, this fourth Sunday of Advent, we will light the fourth advent candle of love. Yet as I read today’s scriptures, what I am thinking about is how much the virtue of courage is at the center of these passages. Courage is the cardinal virtue that enables us to stand firm even in the face of difficulties. Courage enables us to resist temptation and also helps us to change the habits that we need to change so that we become better people. If we are...

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Pastoral Perspectives: Preparing for Aging Parents (and Where are the Books on This?)

Frequent guest blogger, Father Satish Joseph, offers the following thoughts about aging parents: Think about it! There are countless books on preparing people for their pregnancy, their first child, and for the perils of parenthood. Young parents devour every information they get so that they can be good parents. However, once children leave home, there is no book that prepares them to nurture their aging parents, in return. There are ample books that help children prepare their parents for aging, but there is barely any help available for children preparing themselves for aging parents. For me, it was a...

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