Category Archive: Gospel Reflection

Feb 22

Mercy in Stories

A few months ago I received a free book on mercy from an associate professor of religious studies at a Catholic university. I was expecting a very technical explanation of what mercy was – a theological treatise. Instead,  it was a collection of personal stories. Even though the year of mercy that inspired such a …

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Mar 15

Body-Positive Catholicism

I was a nerd, not a jock, a little flabby but not obese, interested in the brain more than the body, catching my breath after a few flights of stairs, thinking this was the way to live Catholicism. I saw the problem with society’s ideal model: a self-starvation woman with liposuction, plastic surgery, a facelift, make up …

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Oct 28

We Don’t Live a Gospel of Sin Management

Should we just stop sinning?

There were once two evil brothers. They were rich, and used their money to keep their evil ways from the public eye. They even attended church, and appeared to be perfect Christians. Then, their pastor switched. Not only could the new pastor see right through the brothers’ deception, but he also spoke well and true, …

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Oct 11

Are we among the 9 Lepers in the Gospel?

The Ten Lepers from the Gospel

This Sunday, we read about when Jesus went to cure the 10 lepers but only 1 came back to give thanks. It’s Luke 17:11-19 if you forget the story. All over the Gospel we read about lepers: but who were they? Leprosy is a disease that eats away the skin. In the ancient world, nobody …

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Dec 12

The Shocking Joy of the Resurrection

How often we have so much experience and it makes us dull to reality. Christ’s resurrection should be a complete surprise but it often leaves us dull. How much faith John must have had that “He saw and he believed.” (John 20:8) Working with young people and teens helps. Even though we can be a …

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