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“And for many”: a Lectionary Reflection

One of the most glaring changes made in the recent English translation of the Roman Missal was the words of institution. In the ICEL translation I grew up with, the phrase Jesus spoke over the wine was translated as “for … Continue reading

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Gossip and the Scapegoat Mechanism

[One of gossip’s functions is] bonding. When you talk about absent others you’re constituting them as an out-group and yourselves as an in-group: if what you’re sharing is sensitive information, like a secret or a negative opinion about someone,that will … Continue reading

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Peter’s Outrage

Peter was horrified by what he saw Jesus doing. When Jesus approached him, he had to ask, even though by this time Jesus’ intentions must have been obvious. Lord, are you going to wash my feet??!? It completely outraged his … Continue reading

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The Woman Taken in Adultery: An Imaginative Retelling of John 8:2-11

Shortly after the morning meal, one of the stable hands at the inn came upon a man and woman having sex in one of the empty stalls. He raised a hue and cry, and soon all the servants and half … Continue reading

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Listen: A #StayWokeAdvent Lectionary Reflection

The lectionary omits portions of today’s passage from 2 Samuel to make the reading shorter. The first time I read it in its entirety, it seriously cracked me up: Did I ask you to build me a house? David thought … Continue reading

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Schism, Expulsion, and Ecclesiology

There’s been a lot of news coverage in the Catholic press & blogosphere about the language of schism coming from conservative Catholics after the synod. Like everyone else, I’m a bit surprised to hear such extreme disagreement with the Pope … Continue reading

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“The Different Pace of Renewal”: Powerful Insight from Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson

One of the significant events in the Catholic world this past month was the annual meeting of the LCWR (Leadership Council of Women Religious): the leadership body of vowed women religious (sisters, nuns) in the US. This year, they bestowed … Continue reading

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A Mimetic Reading of the Ferguson Events

I’m a hugely text-oriented person, but so much of what happened in Ferguson this week was captured in truly compelling tweeted images that this post will be full of embedded tweets, mostly including images. Some of those compelling images were … Continue reading

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Debts or Trespasses? And Other Riffs on the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those … Continue reading

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Summer Slushbrain: So Much Internet

Interesting things I’ve surfed across recently while my brain is on summer vacation: A graphic showing the relationships between, and relative sizes of, the various branches and movements of Islam. A serious look at the sexually abusive actions of John … Continue reading

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