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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