Author: Christopher Vogt

Hope in Dark Times – The Second Sunday of Advent

Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 2 Pt 3:8-14 Mk 1:1-8   For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, advent comes at one of the darkest times of the year.  Today, here in New York, the sun set before 4:30 PM, and the days will continue to grow shorter and shorter for almost three more weeks.  In conditions like these, it is difficult to remain hopeful.  And yet, in this season of darkness advent is primarily a time for cultivating hope. Advent is a season for noticing the darkness in ourselves and in our world. ...

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Who is Invited to the Feast? Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 25:6-10A Ps 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 Phil 4:12-14, 19-20 Mt 22:1-14   What are we to make of this bizarre story of the wedding feast in this week’s Gospel?  We are accustomed to having our expectations turned upside down by the parables of Jesus, but this one from Matthew is a real doozy.  Why would people lay hands upon and kill servants who were sent to invite them to a wedding party?  What kind of person tells his servants to bring in random people off the street for a party and then has one of them bound and...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) DT 8:2-3, 14B-16A PS 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 1 COR 10:16-17 JN 6:51-58   As summer officially gets underway this weekend and we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, our days of Lenten fasting are long behind us.  And yet this Sunday’s readings call to mind our experience of fasting during Lent.  We fast for many reasons.  We may fast to place ourselves in solidarity with those in our world who suffer from involuntary hunger, for example.   Or we may fast to help us shift our attention from...

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Losing our Way in Eden – The First Sunday of Lent

Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7 Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 Rom 5:12-19 Mt 4:1-11   Who among us hasn’t had a moment of sudden realization and great regret?  In today’s first reading, the story of the fall of humanity provides what is perhaps the quintessential “Good Lord, what have I done?!?” moment.  Immediately after Adam and Eve decide to eat the forbidden fruit, “the eyes of both of them were opened.”  Suddenly, they could see their mistake and they realized that they had lost their place in paradise. This story reminds us that somehow it is always much easier to recognize...

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