Author: Jason King

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Seeing As God Sees

Reading 1: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 Reading 2: Ephesians 5:8-14 Gospel: John 9:1-41 Sunday’s readings  all address seeing correctly.  They contrast God’s sight with human sight. The prophet Samuel is even warned about the difference in anointing David as the new king: “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” Samuel must look past the cultural norms of privilege.  He must look past Jesse’s older sons who would have had more status in society, who were of “lofty stature”. ...

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The Need for Community

It doesn’t take much to realize we are a fractured and divided society.  Robert Putnam noted this collapse of community some time ago in his Bowling Alone.  No more do we hang out in social clubs or recreational leagues.  Unlike previous generations, we invest less in our neighbors and our society.  Putnam continued this diagnosis in Our Kids where he chronicled our continuing separation.  Schools used to be places where kids from diverse economic backgrounds attended classes, participated in clubs, and played sports together.  Now, schools are separated by class, and sports, music, and extracurricular activities are private endeavors...

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Steve Bannon’s Cudgel Christianity

Over the last few weeks, much has been made about the Trump Administration’s White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s Catholicism.  (See here, here, here, here.)  All of it stems primarily from an interview he did with the Dignitatis Humanae Institute. While there is much in the interview, I would like to highlight two passages that effectively captures Bannon’s view of Christianity. First, Bannon sees Christianity at the heart of capitalism. One thing I want to make sure of, if you look at the leaders of capitalism at that time, when capitalism was I believe at its highest flower and...

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: God’s Perfection

Reading 1: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18, Responsorial Psalm: Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13, Reading 2: 1 Cor 3:16-23, Gospel: Mt 5:38-48   “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” These are daunting statements.  If we are perfect, we will be the best, the best athlete, the best parent, the best worker, the best whatever.  We will not make mistakes.  We will do what is right.  We will succeed and not fail. This perfection seems impossible.  How can we rise above everyone else and stand alone as paragons...

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