Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

My second year in seminary, I wrote an exegetical paper on this week’s Isaiah reading.  This is such a delicate piece of scripture, and yet it’s more powerful than we can imagine.  It’s a bit long, but here is a version I … Read more

Mary, the Mother of Our Lord

Today is a special festival in the life of the Church. It’s today that we celebrate Mary: the human mother of Jesus; the theotokos (“god-bearer”). We usually remember Mary as the teenage girl kneeling next to a bale of hay in … Read more

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

This week’s gospel reading is another gem. Here’s part of the story: [Jesus] said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning … Read more

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

There are two great bible readings for this Sunday. The first is from Isaiah, where we hear this awesome invitation: Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy … Read more

What the hell is “the church year”?

This, from my old blog, explains more of what you’ll find here. I have lots of passions. The biggest is probably my love for the historical and liturgical traditions of the Church. While the purpose of this blog is to push the people of God … Read more

Why does Mark need another freakin’ blog?

That’s a fantastic question.  In April, I began blogging again after a year’s break.  I wrote once or twice a week until the end of May when I took a vacation – 17 days in southwestern Germany.  It was a great trip with … Read more