Author: Jana Bennett

“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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Our Response to All God’s Vulnerable People: Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Isaiah 53:10-11 Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 One of the common central themes in our scripture readings this week is the theme of the powerful taking on the experience and concerns of the poor, the lowly, the distressed, and the oppressed. The Old Testament and Epistle readings are usually read in light of Jesus. Jesus is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, the one who bears our guilt through his suffering [on the cross]. Jesus is also our great High Priest, the one who “sympathizes with our weakness” and who has been “tested in every way.”...

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