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Why Do We Use the Title “Father” for a Priest? The Challenge of Matthew 23:9

Does Matthew 23:9 contradict the traditional practice of calling a priest “Father”? In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 23 Jesus speaks to a large gathering of people including his disciples. In his discourse he enumerates some of the difference between those who follow his teaching and those who follow the teachings of the scribes and […]

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August 30, 2020

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Who do you want God to be? Do you ever stop to ponder that question? We have all inherited many different ideas about who God is, some helpful, others unhelpful. But who do you want God to be, and how do you want God to act? Answering those questions may […]


May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday “Come, Lord Jesus! Send us your Spirit! Renew the face of the earth!” This is the refrain to a popular hymn by David Haas. It’s certainly an appropriate hymn for the feast of Pentecost. However, in our current health crisis, with a dangerous virus circling the globe, it seems all the more meaningful. […]


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John Zizioulas and the Priesthood of Creation

Influential Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas proposes that humanity’s proper role in relation to the universe is as “priest of creation.” What does he mean by this and what are the implications? Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ had its official public release in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. The experts invited to speak at this […]

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March 29, 2020

5th Sunday of Lent Filling out medical insurance forms a while back, I was to put a checkmark in all the boxes that applied to my current circumstance. I grinned at the last box: it read, “deceased.” I thought, now that would be impressive if I could fill out an insurance form after I’d died. […]


September 29, 2019

Sometimes I see the readings and, honestly, I’d rather think about something else. Something easier. And such is definitely the case with our readings today. I mean really! Today’s readings are challenging. They tackle differences in wealth and poverty and what we as people of faith are to do in response to this. Moreover, the […]