Good Friday – The Myth of Redemptive Violence, an exploration…

I just read about this in a blog this morning: Jesus died to appease the wrath of God.   It humiliates, shames, and inflicts suffering on its victims.  I certainly have heard of that before.  But the reference to it as the “Myth of Redemptive Violence” is new.  It means to believe that violence will solve […]

Holy Thursday

First, John connects the Foot Washing scene (ch. 13) with Jesus’ death on the cross through the noun, telos – Knowing his hour had come… “He loved them to the end, to the finish, to the fullness.” Then, before Jesus died, John wrote: John 19:28 (NRSV) — 28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was […]

Roc Homily – Fifteenth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

Is it possible that Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan could have contributed to the ire of scribes & Pharisees?  Could this parable have led to his death? I follow N.T. Wright’s study of the Pharisees that details how Jesus’ letting go of observance of purity codes could have done just that.  Let me know […]

Preparing for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 2016

As a way of preparing to celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 2016, I post this interview from 2008 for Catholic Comments Podcast with Creighton University Theology faculty, Dr. Wendy Wright & Dr. John O’Keefe.  You’ll hear some history and theology. I did not name the encyclical of John Paul II […]

Roc Homily for Easter Sunday 2016

Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016 – 11:30 am Mass) The author of the Gospel of John used 4 different verbs in Greek to demonstrate some fine distinctions between the Magdalene, Simon Peter, and the disciple whom Jesus loved… as well as possible differences each of us can experience in our walk with and encounter with […]

Holy Thursday Homily – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

In chapter 9 of “In the Midst of Our Storms,” I proposed a focus for the foot washing other than service:  As we identify with Simon Peter’s resistance, we can discover a part of our lives heretofore neglected – our precious and terrible vulnerability.  And I proposed this again on Holy Thursday (3/24)… and with a slight […]

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