A different response: Mercy, not vengeance

Audio only: Listen to mp3 file (Length: 11:50)
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 10, 2016
Readings (more…)

Christ is born—in the good, the bad, and the ugly

Audio only: Listen to mp3 file (Length: 10:06)
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 24, 2015
Vigil Mass

Readings (more…)

Clean and beautiful, inside and out

Listen to mp3 file
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 30, 2015
Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

In the Gospel reading we have just heard, the Pharisees and the scribes took Jesus’ disciples to task for not washing their hands before eating, according to the customs of the time. Now, we should remember that their motivation for such handwashing was not being sanitary, but rather ritual purity. The law that the Lord gave his people in the Old Covenant required certain kinds of washing—especially of priests preparing to offer sacrifice, but also of all people in certain circumstances—for the sake of ritual purity.

But there is a problem with the Pharisees’ view of this: (more…)