Monthly Archives: November 2010

New Dawn


I ventured into St. John, chapter 1 this morning. There I read of the meeting of Nathanael and Jesus. Nathanael is thought to be the Bartholomew of the Synoptics, but he may also be Matthew, who is not mentioned in John, since … Continue reading

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Herod’s Insight


 Herod is presented as perplexed by St. Luke. He is hearing disturbing chatter. John has been raised from the dead, Elijah has returned, one of the ancient prophets has come back. These are all prophets, all related to the prophetic … Continue reading

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Living at the Center


Family is a construct of life searching for its center. The Gospels contain many stories that remind me of this. There is a special story of the mother and brothers of Jesus coming to see him. The crowds were so large that they could not get … Continue reading

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This Growing, Widening Light


The Gospel does not easily surrender its meaning. Sometimes it is only by wrestling with it through the deepest night that a ray of light breaks through by early dawn. Luke 8:16-18  is one such pericope. It concludes with a word and … Continue reading

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Passionate Redemption


The Passion, originally and still, calls for reflection and understanding. That the Christ would suffer and die seems to interrupt the flow of the narrative. He indicates to his disciples, who still misunderstand, that the unexpected will prevail. The first … Continue reading

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Plantings


The Gospel of Luke offers us the narrative of the sower and the many different soils upon which the seeds fell. It is a parable drawn from an agricultural context, where we may assume that farmers know how to prepare the soil. That makes … Continue reading

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Miracle Makers


Jesus went through towns and villages with his disciples. He was also accompanied by some women of power and economic means,who supported financially his work. Among them were Mary Magdalen, Joanna and Suzanna. The narrative informs us that from Mary, … Continue reading

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Sophia, Seeking Herself


Poetry wrestles from the heart of myth the true likeness of the divine. So much of the speech of Jesus in Matthew does the same. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus as the Revealer is often presented as the Sophia of God, the divine … Continue reading

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Sophia and Logos: The Embrace


Jesus compares his generation to children who cannot be pleased. “We played for you, you did not dance. We wailed, you did not weep.” They cared neither for John the Baptist, nor for the Son of Man. They accepted neither … Continue reading

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Hope Steps Forth


The story of the meeting at the cemetery between Jesus and the widow of Nain calls for a closer look with each reading. The funeral procession halts before Jesus. He speaks to the dead young man, who awakens from death, and … Continue reading

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