Imperfect lives
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All Saints/All Souls When an abuse scandal happens in which the abuser is an artist—a filmmaker, painter, writer, or composer—there is often the question of what to do with... Read More

Yes, and
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31st Sunday Ordinary Time The great commandment Jesus cites today is so familiar to us that we might miss the serious consequences exposed by this discussion. First, throughout Mark’s Gospel, the scribes have... Read More

Jesus is calling you
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30th Sunday Ordinary Time The disciples on the road with Jesus, eyewitnesses to his miracles and privileged recipients of his teaching, should have been looking for Bartimaeus, but they were too focused on... Read More

No-turning-back moments
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29th Sunday Ordinary Time On the way to Jerusalem, between two healings of blind men (in chapters 8 and 10), Mark repeats this pattern three times: Jesus reveals his destiny; the disciples misunderstand... Read More

Called into relationship
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28th Sunday Ordinary Time It can be comforting to treat today’s Gospel as another of Jesus’s hyperboles about the call to discipleship. However, we should not avoid its truth. The man in the... Read More

God does not want us to be alone
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27th Sunday Ordinary Time There is no getting around it. Today’s Gospel will hurt. Let us acknowledge that pain and admit there are no simple answers when families struggle with divorce. The lectionary... Read More

Avoiding “small-minded” discipleship
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26th Sunday Ordinary Time Today, Jesus’s disciples complain about an outsider driving out demons, something they had failed at earlier in the chapter. But their complaint is not that this person was healing... Read More