Luke 14:1, 7-14, Becoming the Least for the Sake of the Lesser

[August 28, 2016] In Luke 14:1—17:19 two things are set in contrast:

The way of the self-righteous Pharisees and the way of Jesus and those whom he sends.

In this section Jesus demonstrates by word and deed that he has been sent and anointed by God in the way of God’s . . . → Read More: Luke 14:1, 7-14, Becoming the Least for the Sake of the Lesser

Romans 1:26-27, Does This Passage Refer to Homosexuality?

[June 20, 2016] People often refer to this passage to “prove” that God condemns same-sex orientation and sexuality. It is a bad idea to interpret any passage of Paul in isolation from its context, so let us try not to make that mistake here. Paul is a great expounder of the Jewish Scriptures . . . → Read More: Romans 1:26-27, Does This Passage Refer to Homosexuality?

The Name into Which We Are Baptized Is the Form of Our Life

14-year-old Cecile, martyred in 177 C.E.

[May 22, 2016] Today is Trinity Sunday. On Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to the Father, after which his human nature became glorified; he then met with his gathered disciples and breathed into them his own breath, that is, the breath of . . . → Read More: The Name into Which We Are Baptized Is the Form of Our Life

John 17:20-26, The Conclusion of Jesus’ Priestly Prayer

[May 8, 2016] Today is the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the last of the Easter Season. This past Thursday was the Ascension and in one week we will come to the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the church in order that Christ may continue the apostolate that . . . → Read More: John 17:20-26, The Conclusion of Jesus’ Priestly Prayer

Prayers, and the Problem of God’s Existence

Someone wrote to me and I gave them a quick though unsatisfactory answer. This is what I wrote:

About the word “agnostic,” I know what you mean. Can I believe in some personal entity that is supposed to be all powerful, all knowing, etc., who is also paying close attention to . . . → Read More: Prayers, and the Problem of God’s Existence

Palm Sunday

[March 20, 2016, on Facebook] Today is Palm Sunday, though the churches have ruined it by making it also Passion Sunday. Sermons are usually off-topic anyway, and even when they’re not, they’re usually vacant, especially since they lost their function of helping us “recognize” Christ in the gospel (and in the whole of . . . → Read More: Palm Sunday

Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19 (January 3, 2016)

Part One

“Blessed be the God and Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ …”

Paul praises God, not as a supreme deity or a philosophical abstraction but, as the “Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ.” Everything that he says after this is premised on this, that the divinity to which he . . . → Read More: Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19 (January 3, 2016)

Daily Reflections (the 24th of September, anno Domini 2015)

I discovered Catherine Keller by reading her Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (2015). Her writing enthralls me. As I said to my friend Karen, I have not gotten far into the book (at all) but the more I read her, “the more I grasp what she is driving at, . . . → Read More: Daily Reflections (the 24th of September, anno Domini 2015)

John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

[August 16, 2015] This is the Gospel Reading for the 11th Sunday after Trinity. We are now well into Jesus’ sermon in the synagogue of Capernaum after his miraculous feeding of the five thousand with only five loaves of barley bread and two fish. This reading ends the discourse. We have seen how . . . → Read More: John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

[August 9, 2015] This gospel text was read on the tenth Sunday of the quiet growing season (signified by the color green) after Trinity Sunday, and it is the second part of Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue of Capernaum on the manna that comes down from heaven. In it he is presenting himself . . . → Read More: John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World