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I was not physically in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. A series of scheduling practicalities made it necessary for me to stay in Toronto, anchoring Salt + Light’s coverage of WYD 2016. Still, there were moments when the line between living WYD and living it vicariously through my colleagues on the ground was blurred. ...read more
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 14, 2016 The Scripture readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to consider the implications of our commitments, our lifestyles, and our relationships with others. In the first reading from Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10), the biblical prophet is called to comfort the afflicted ...read more
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 7, 2016 Named after the wisest of all the Israelite kings – Solomon – the book of Wisdom was used as a manual or textbook for young Jews living in a Greek culture from 300 BC to 200 AD. The Jews were awed by the brilliant ...read more
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 31, 2016  In addition to setting the stage for Luke’s parable on possessions and hoarding, today’s first reading from Ecclesiastes (1:2; 2:21-23) drives home the fleeting nature of life and the inexorable passage of time with blunt realism: “Vanity of vanities […] vanity of vanities, all ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 24, 2016 The biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, home to Abraham’s nephew Lot, were full of sin. Israelite tradition is unanimous in ascribing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to the wickedness of these cities, but tradition varies in regard to the nature of this ...read more
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 17, 2016 What does it mean to be hospitable? Biblical stories extol hospitality as both a duty and a work of mercy. The desert “Bedouin” hospitality is a necessity for survival; and since this necessity falls equally upon everyone, any guest is entitled to hospitality from ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 10, 2016 The story of the Good Samaritan in today’s Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) is one of the most treasured parables of the Bible. During my studies in the Holy Land, no matter how many times I traveled that perilous yet spectacular highway from Jerusalem to Jericho, ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 3, 2016 The theme of “peacefulness” appears in all three of today’s readings, and there is a definite link between the first reading from Isaiah (66:10-14) and the reading from the Gospel of Luke (10:1-12, 17-20). Isaiah’s poetry celebrates the long-awaited return of Israel from exile ...read more
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Wednesday, June 29, 2014 June 29th marks the great solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter’s journey was from the weakness of denial to the rock of fidelity. He gave us the ultimate witness of the cross. Paul’s pilgrimage was from the blindness of persecution to the fire ...read more
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – June 26, 2016 In the opening words of today’s Gospel, Luke clearly states where Jesus is headed. He is going up to Jerusalem where, as we heard predicted in last Sunday’s Gospel, he will be put to death. Without a doubt, Jesus speaks forcefully to us about ...read more