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Wounded Love, Hope, and the Holy Eucharist

This post was originally a homily given at the wedding of two very good friends of mine. The readings that preceded the homily were Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24; Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33; and John 15:9-17.   Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of … Continue reading

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Does God Make People Sick in Order to Be Glorified? (Why Greek Matters Part 14)

In John 9, upon passing a man who had been born blind, Jesus’ disciples ask him a question, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus’ answer, according to the NRSV is: “Neither this man … Continue reading

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Confronting the Sin of Despair – Hope as a Theology of Resistance

It is not so much sin that plunges us into disaster, as rather despair (John Chrysostom) Revelation 21:7-8 – “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But … Continue reading

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A Biblical Concept of God Gives Rise to Lament Not Apathy

In the atmosphere of contemporary Western Christianity, when someone voices a lament with the intensity frequently found in the Psalms, it is not uncommon for them to be looked at aghast or derided for their deficient faith and concept of … Continue reading

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Asking God the Right Question

Whenever there are times of great difficulty, pain or suffering, we naturally ask God questions. I once heard someone remark that in a certain instance people were “asking God the wrong questions.” The notion of asking God the “wrong question” … Continue reading

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Being a Prophetic Voice in Times of Disaster

From the time when a major natural disaster strikes, one can hold their breath until people have quickly announced that such a tragedy (which incidentally, happened in a place far, far away and did not remotely touch the speaker) was … Continue reading

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An Advent Meditation on the Nature of Hope

The following is an excerpt from the book that has likely had the singular most significant impact on my life outside the Bible, Theology of Hope by Jurgen Moltmann. Since the Advent season is significantly centers around our hope in … Continue reading

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