2nd of Easter – Thomas and Safe Environments (3)

The way Jesus treated the disciples, including Thomas tells us something about how he treats us (in the midst of fears) and what “whose sins you retain are retained” means. Popular interpretation of this passage carries the image of the priest-confessor deciding the adequacy of a) confession of sins in kind and number and b) the person’s […]

Roc Homily – Twenty-Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

“Increase our faith!”  Let the people say, “Amen!” Ah, the wonders of the lectionary that does what it has to do, select passages and leave others out.  And Sunday’s gospel is a good example of contextus interruptus. The first four verses of chapter 17 are kind of important for they tell us exactly what prompted that prayer. […]

Roc Homily #1 for the Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

Jesus sent forth 72 disciples – “Here’s a thought…” The Gospel:  Jesus sent the disciples to preach and heal by revealing reliance on God by manifesting vulnerability.  Perhaps this says something about the New Evangelization to adults. An Observation about the USofA: I apply the insights of Sharon Parks (The Critical Years) about young adult […]

Roc Homily for Feast of the Most Holy Trinity 2016

Rather than speaking about the Trinity (still a mystery!) I reflected on our immersion in the life of the Trinity in the liturgy. See whether it helps. Blessings! –roc,sj  


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