Category Archives: Lectionary

Come and See

In today’s gospel reading Jesus calls his first disciples. John the Baptist tells his disciples that Jesus is the one to follow. Two of them come up to him. When Jesus asks what they want, they stammer and appear at … Continue reading

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St. Francis and the Creche

Did you know that the tradition of the manger scene, such a familiar part of our celebration of Christmas, began with St. Francis of Assisi? In the year 1223, St. Francis, a deacon, was visiting the town of Grecio to … Continue reading

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How Can This Be?

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all worship the same One God. Yet each of the Abrahamic faiths has a different way of understanding God. Each can be summarized with one word. The word “Israel” translates as “struggle with God,” and that … Continue reading

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Everything Belongs to God

Between June 1942 and February 1943, a small group of students at the University of Munich decided the time had come for them to speak out against the Nazi regime. Among the members were Catholics, Lutherans, the son of a … Continue reading

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Outrageous Mercy

There’s a saying in the study of the Bible that a text without context becomes a pretext. In other words, if you just pluck some words out of Scripture without understanding or referencing what surrounds them, you can make them … Continue reading

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