Author: Kathryn Getek Soltis

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Moral Grief and Zechariah’s Spirit of Grace

    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Zec 12:10-11; 13:1; Ps 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Gal 3:26-29, Lk 9:18-24   Earlier this week, I received an unexpected phone call in my office. It was from a gentlemen who, for much of the last year, had been attending Catholic services at the local detention center where I volunteer. (I’ll call him Eric, though that is not his name.) Eric wanted to share the good news of his recent release and some of the challenges as well.  He and I had many conversations while he was on the inside.  We talked about all sorts...

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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday – May 15, 2016 Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104: 1,24,29-30,31,34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7,12-13; Jn 20:19-23   Pentecost seems to be the only time many of us are completely at ease with those who are “on fire” with God.  On any other day, when meeting evangelizers who are so bold, we might well agree with those in the crowd from Acts that the preachers are intoxicated with alcohol rather than the Holy Spirit.  In my own experience as a Catholic, I must admit instances of being ill at ease with many who have preached with such public vigor. And...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – Mercy for Stone Throwers

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 13 – Mercy for Stone Throwers Is 43: 16-21; Ps 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Phil 3: 8-14; Jn 8: 1-11 A colleague of mine pulled me aside recently because this Jubilee Year of Mercy has been troubling her.  She’s a philosopher and in her experience, mercy sounds rather condescending.  To her mind, mercy means you are giving someone a “pass” while at the same time reminding them that they actually deserve far worse.  Such mercy might free a person from some unpleasant consequence, but it doesn’t alter worrisome power dynamics, and might...

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Nature and Ethics of a Prophet

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Nature and Ethics of a Prophet JER 1:4-5, 17-19; PS 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17; 1 COR 12:31—13:13; LK 4:21-30 As I was preparing for confirmation in junior high, I remember a one-on-one conversation with a religious sister from my parish.  She asked which of the Beatitudes was my favorite.  Without missing a beat, I replied: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  The subsequent verse from Matthew 5 explains further what I had in mind:  “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute...

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Feast of Christ the King: The Power of Christ Compels You . . . or perhaps not

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Dn 7:13-14;  Ps 93: 1-2, 5; Rv 1:5-8; Jn 18: 33b-37   This Sunday – the final Sunday of our liturgical year – speaks a kind of last word about the Christ to whom we profess allegiance.  It is the Feast of Christ the King, a feast that reminds us that our faith implies much for how we regard and interact with the political powers of this world. Instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925, the feast was a deliberate response to the political landscape following World War...

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