Author: Kelly Johnson

Lay down your shame; pick up your palms

That’s the sense in which this arrival is, for all the menacing irony we may read into the hosannas of the fickle crowd, a victorious entry. He enters into the very depths of humanity like one taking a throne. Setting aside his comfort, safety, and eventually his life, emptying himself, he has chosen to be the king who stays with his people, no matter what they do. This is God’s glory already revealed. 

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Who Will We Be?

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 15:15-20 Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 1 Cor 2: 6-10 Matthew 5: 17- 37 Our readings today face us with a timely call to welcome the law of God as a life-giving gift, as the site where we...

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This is a good time to be alive.

By the end of the summer, I found myself thinking, frequently and with relief, at least I’m not likely to live to 2050. At least I’ve already lived most of my life.  At least I won’t be here that much longer.

So when I was asked to offer a reflection for the start-of-year prayer service for faculty and staff, I realized that there was one thing I needed to say, for myself. This is a good time to be alive.

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