Author: Jason King

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Do Not Harden Your Hearts

Reading 1: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 Reading 2: Romans 13:8-10 Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20   DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was an immigration policy of President Obama not to deport people who were brought to the country as minors and have lived in the United States since 2007.   If these individuals applied for and were accepted into the program, they could participate in institutions like schools, the military, and the workforce, and do so without fear of deportation.  It was an act of trust on both sides and so established a mutual responsibility.  The...

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A Response from the Church to the Opioid Epidemic

The county where I live has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.  In 2014, there were 87 deaths due to overdose, in 2015, 126 death, and, in 2016, 174 deaths.  Small and rural, everyone seems to know someone who is struggling with addiction or has died of an overdose. As a society, we have not always responded well to drug epidemics.  As a church, we are too often and too quick to judge those struggling with drugs, especially those who have a criminal record because of them.  Instead of feeling welcomed, people who struggle with drugs and their...

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Conformed to Christ

Reading 1: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 Reading 2: Romans 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52   In the first reading, in response to God wanting to give him a gift, Solomon asks for “an understanding heart” and not for “a long life,” “riches” or the lives of his enemies.  He asks not for a gift that benefits his own self—life, wealth, or safety—but for the ability to guide God’s “vast people” well.  God seems surprised, saying “that there has never been anyone like” Solomon.  Perhaps too, we are surprised by a ruler who...

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“Young” Catholic Moral Theologians

This is a guest post by Kent Lasnoski.  It discusses the June 2017 issue of The Journal of Moral Theology which focuses on the voices of “young” (i.e., in their career not their age) Catholic moral theologians.  Most of the papers come out of the annual New Wine, New Wineskins Symposium.   “Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17) Fifteen years ago, a group of young Catholic...

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Sacrifice, Resolve, and Reward

Reading 1: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 Reading 2: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42 It is very easy to hear in these readings the need to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others.  It is strongest with the gospel reading.  Jesus says to save your life, lose it.  He calls his followers to leave behind their mothers and fathers, sons and daughters.  His disciples are to sacrifice their own interests for others.  Paul also speaks of this same kind of sacrifice.  He insists that believers are to “die with Christ” and to think...

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