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The Noise Outside

Nearly every time I listen to Spotify, I am assaulted with the same internal ad. I’m not a premium subscriber, so Spotify is constantly trying to get me to upgrade- for a low monthly fee, of course. But I’ve found it interesting how they set the bait. Many of the ads deal with someone in various situations trying to find the “perfect song.” Whether at work, working out, on the road, at a party;...

Against Enthusiasm

In his Gospel, St. John reveals on several occasions just how fickle the adulation of the crowd could be for Jesus. A prominent example exists following the feeding of the five thousand, in which Jesus steals away to the other side of the lake, only to find that the crowd has enthusiastically followed him, enough to bother with the hassle of getting in their own boats and searching for him. They...

Before the Busy-ness

I’ve noticed a somewhat disturbing trend in my own life. In the far too infrequent times when I’m able to get together with family or friends, there’s always the obligatory question of “how have you been?” or “what have you been up to? And while obligatory pleasantries perhaps merit only obligatory responses, too often I find myself resorting to saying “I’ve just been really busy.” I’ve said it...

Worship is a Duty

One of my favorite Advent songs is also one of the most ancient: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Its composition and use dates from at least AD 275, although the most commonly used melodic setting is the well-known Picardy. Be sure to listen to one of the following renditions: As I was pondering the lyrics, I noticed that they seemed to form a conjunction with other thoughts I had been having...

Pharisaic Sexual Iconoclasm

This past week I saw this opinion piece making its rounds on social media, with a fine click-baity headline: Sex and the single Christian: Why celibacy isn’t the only option. I found some of the premises interesting, albeit not in the slightest bit convincing, with the argument ultimately logically ending in the reduction of human beings and their sexual relationships to that of bodily pleasure...

The No

There is a scene in the fine movie Becket where the newly ascended archbishop is made aware of how one of the barons has taken one of his priests into custody, the latter accused of debauching a girl in his parish. As the scene progresses, messengers arrive to inform Becket that the priest had tried to escape but was captured and put to death, when the law of the land was that ecclesial crimes...

Jesus Didn’t Hang Out With Anyone

There’s an interesting idea that has the flavor of pop theology which I often see used in the context of whatever moral topic du jour is being discussed. This notion usually runs along these lines: Well, Jesus hung out with sinners, so X… Now, “X” can be any number of different things, and while Jesus gets recruited for lots of different things, he seems especially prone to be pressed into...

Do You Really Want a Relationship Instead of a Religion?

One of the highly favored juxtapositions within some segments of modern American Christian thought is that of religion vs. relationship. The premise, as far as I have ever been able to divine, is that there is something about the content of religion that is somehow antithetical to the content of a relationship, specifically the “personal relationship” that is proposed between the believer and...

Two Weddings and a Funeral

This past Sunday the Gospel reading was from John 2 about the wedding feast at Cana and Jesus’ first miracle turning water into wine. Unique among the gospel writers, John refers to Jesus’ miracles as signs, and given the biblical penchant for presenting things in sevens, his Gospel contains seven signs. There is some overlap between the signs contained in John’s Gospel and the miracles in the...

The Serpent’s Kiss

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:10 KJV) This passage has always somewhat perplexed me. The story of Job is a familiar one: he is a righteous man in whom no blame can be found. Satan thinks he can get Job to curse God by taking his stuff and then ultimately bringing him to brink of death, and God...

Stop Loving Yourself

Whenever I hear someone say that something is a pet peeve of theirs, I cannot help but think “My biggest pet peeve is listening to people whine about their pet peeves.” I am very far from being a saint, so this distinct lack of charity (and immunity to irony, evidently) is something for which I will no doubt be a long while in the purgatorial flames. I know I should be more charitable and loving;...

Wine & Weddings

I am frequently befuddled by some of the accounts in the Gospels. More specifically, the editorial decisions made by some of the writers so as to include this or exclude that. I know, I know, if only they had had me around to make some suggestions… Actually, they would have probably been a lot longer, given my penchant for verbosity. Perhaps we all lucked out in the end. John’s Gospel is...

Empty Pots

We all desire something. Sometimes we can describe it in great detail, as when we hunger or thirst; a lemonade would hit the spot, or probably an ice cream cone. (Actually, always an ice cream cone!) But other times our desires are more nebulous, and perhaps there is some interior aching that no one else can see but is yet felt deep within. This incessant longing for some unknown good can be...

A Good Epilogue is Hard to Find

The Harry Potter film series was pretty well done. Even though purists might balk at this, I found that every departure from the books in the film versions was an intelligent move and wonderfully improved upon the at-times convoluted plots. I was shocked, therefore, to come to the end of the The Deathly Hallows only to find that they simply couldn’t leave well enough alone- they had to...

In Tents

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose...

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