Author: Jason King

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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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Light in the Land of Gloom”

Reading 1: Is 8:23—9:3 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 Reading 2: 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17 Gospel: MT 4:12-23   In her essay, “Why We Can’t Fix Twitter,” Emily Parker argues that social media sites are going to struggle to fix the problem of superficial discussions, fake news, and trolls because, at the end of the day, it is what we want.  Discovering what is true and having substantive discussions requires time and attention.  It means slow and careful conversations.  While we say we want this, tweets and short posts are easier to read and write.  We get excited...

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Star Wars Rogue One: Petty Ambition, Questionable Means, and Sacrificial Love

Star Wars has always been about the struggle of good against evil.  The original trilogy explored how self-sacrifice led to salvation and the prequels how “war through force” leads to destruction.  The Force Awakens added a new exploration of evil where, in contrast to Darth Vader who sought power and control to save those he loved, Kylo Ren seeks it only to make a name for himself and carve out “his own place in the universe.” Rogue One adds to Star Wars’ reflection on this struggle.   Warning:  This is full of spoilers!   Petty Ambition Orson Krennic is...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent: God’s Ways

Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Reading 2 Rom 1:1-7; Gospel Mt 1:18-24 When Isaiah brings his prophecy to Ahaz, the king of Judah is trying to decide between two unappealing courses of action.  Does he join with the Assyrian empire that dominates the region and thereby become its vassal?  Or does he align himself with Syria and Israel to fight Assyria and risk being destroyed?  Either political affiliation means that Ahaz is compromising the kingdom.  Being a Catholic in the United States, one can sympathize. No matter which party one chooses, one’s beliefs and...

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