Author: Kathryn Getek Soltis

Sixth Sunday of Easter – The Risk of Friendship with God

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2015 Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98:1-4; 1 Jn 4:7-10; Jn 15:9-17 To call another person one’s friend involves a good deal of risk, especially if by “friend” we intend the true depth of what that relationship entails.  For one thing, claiming to be another’s friend sets a high bar for knowledge of that other.  You’ll be the one called upon to know your friend’s desires – from substantive matters in an emergency situation to more trivial ones in the planning of a surprise party.  And if you can’t deliver – if you...

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Palm Sunday – Choosing Barabbas

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion March 29, 2015 Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1–15:47 (or Mk 15:1-39)   As we prepare for Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week this coming Sunday, we encounter Mark’s account of the Passion.  I will be spending the morning of Palm Sunday in the Detention Center of the local prison system, bringing in two first-time prison volunteers to meet the men and help me distribute the regulation-size palms (6 inches or less!) at our communion service.  Palm Sunday is a bit of a preaching challenge – the story is...

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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Moral Dimension of Touch

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Moral Dimension of Touch Sunday, Feb. 8, 2105 Jb 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-6; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39   A man detained in a local jail once shared with me something that he feared to reveal to anyone in the facility.  His previous HIV positive status had become AIDS.  He didn’t even use those words explicitly, but the meaning of what he confided was clear.  As the conversation continued, I became more aware of and intentional about making contact with him.  Prison volunteers in this facility are instructed to carefully limit...

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Destroying God’s Temple

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 9, 2014 Ez 47:1-2,8-9,12; Ps 46:2-3,5-6,8-9; 1 Cor 3:9c-11,16-17; Jn 2:13-22   What happens to those who destroy God’s temple?  What becomes of those who violate the dwelling place of the Spirit of God? According to a Gallup poll released last month, it would seem quite a few Americans would say that those who destroy should be destroyed.  Of course, the poll in question is rather specific in scope.  It asks those who support the death penalty (~63% of Americans) for the reason behind their support.  As has been the case for over...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 14, 2014 Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Nm 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17   “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:17). The Gospel from this Sunday’s readings boldly proclaims a message of salvation rather than condemnation. And yet, one cannot be faulted if there is still some confusion about the matter.   The first reading from Numbers finds Moses and his people in the desert. The...

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