Author: Christopher Vogt

“Thy Kingdom Come” – The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary 111 Gn 18:20-32 Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8 Col 2:12-14 Lk 11:1-13   There have been so many disturbing instances of violence during the time that I have been praying with and reflecting on these readings. I watched video of a black man named Alton Sterling being killed by police in Baton Rouge, LA. I saw the moments after Philando Castile was shot by police in Falcon Heights, MN. I awoke one morning to learn that five police officers had been killed in Dallas. I watched the coverage unfold as we learned that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had killed...

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Called for Freedom – The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary #99 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Ps 16:1-2, 5, 6-8, 9-10, 11 Gal 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62     There is an odd juxtaposition of ideas in this Sunday’s readings. In Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, we hear “For freedom Christ set us free,” but then this Sunday’s gospel focuses on the difficulties and demands of discipleship. Jesus warns those who would follow him that a life of discipleship entails a sort of homelessness: “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his...

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Pondering God’s Love for Us on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Lectionary #166 Proverbs 8:22-31 Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (2a) Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15   The temptation for theologians on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity is to try to use the occasion to “explain” this great mystery. I am going to resist that temptation – mostly because I do not feel at all up to the task of providing an adequate “explanation”! Instead, I will focus primarily on Paul’s Letter to the Romans and what it has to say about our relationship with God, the moral life, and hope.   In his book,...

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A Faith that Transcends Divisions: Reflections on Justice Scalia’s Funeral Mass

The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has proven to be yet another divisive flashpoint in American politics and society. Before anyone had time to process the news of Justice Scalia’s death, discussion had already turned to who should name his successor. Debates erupted about whether Justice Scalia was a brilliant jurist, a shill for corporate interests, an enemy of human rights, or something else. On the whole, the reaction to Justice Scalia’s death (like so much of what passes for public discourse these days) has been undignified or even disgusting. There was a brief respite from...

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Light in the Midst of Darkness – The Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 6   Bar 5:1-9 Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 Lk 3:1-6       Advent is a time of anticipation, consolation, and hope. In this Sunday’s first reading, we find the people of Israel in a state of exile and mourning. Jerusalem had fallen and the majority of Jews had been forced to leave their beloved land to live and live abroad (in the diaspora).   It would have been difficult for the people of Israel to imagine a worse fate. It is into that context of darkness and suffering that the...

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