Jesus, Poor People, and the Underside of Thanksgiving (Matthew 25:31-46)

By Billy Honor.Midnight Run is dedicated to helping the homeless population in New York City. I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the fellowship, the friends and family, the football and did I mention that I love the food.  Unashamedly it might very well be my favorite holiday.  Yet, despite all my warm feelings about Thanksgiving, I am not blind to its historical shortcomings. As Jane Kamensky says, “…holidays say much less about who we really were in some specific Then, than about wh … [Read more...]

Should Christians be Afraid of Ebola or Climate Change or ISIS or…? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

By Eric D. Barreto.Teresa Ghilarducci on faith and economic inequality. Fear is in the air. Ebola. War. Conflict. Economic turmoil. Political victories. Political losses. This is the stuff of the nightly news. And everywhere we look we have a new villain to worry about, a new threat against which we ought to brace, a new sense of hopelessness. This is nothing new, of course. The world has always been a scary place. If anything, we have become inured to the greatest threats we might … [Read more...]

Since We Have to Wait, We’d Better Get to Work (Matthew 25:1-13)

By Matthew L. Skinner.  North Fork Spanish Apostolate has helped thousands of immigrants in Long Island.What does the Christian life consist of? What does God expect from us? Here’s Jesus’ answer, according to Matthew’s Gospel: “Wait faithfully. Together. Or else.” Sure, that isn’t an exact quotation, but it sums up—again, according to Matthew—what Jesus says to his followers when he instructs them about how they should live after he has departed from this earth. Let me address the … [Read more...]

All Saints’ Day: Facing Death (Matthew 5:1-12)

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By Greg Carey.  Bishop Kevin Farrell comments on giving shelter to potential Ebola victims. “Administration officials have repeatedly assured Americans that they were prepared for Ebola. Less than two weeks ago here at the White House, they insisted they knew how to stop this virus in its tracks. But so far, the virus appears to be outrunning the government."So began Scott Horsley’s report from the White House, one of three separate stories NPR’s news show All Things Considered devote … [Read more...]

Reformation Then and Now: Dismantling Walls Today (Psalm 46)

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By Dirk G. Lange.  November 9, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Just over fifty-three years ago, a huge wall was built, a mighty fortress—a wall around East Berlin, a wall to keep out and a wall to keep in. This wall isolated people and forcefully molded them into a single, straight, dreary one-dimensional way of living. The wall represented an oppressive system without cracks, without breaks, without life. Almost 500 years ago, a monk by the name of Ma … [Read more...]

Whose Image is Stamped on Your Heart? (Matthew 22:15-22)

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By Doug Mendenhall.  People talk about how they give to those in need. Two decades ago, when we were both young and dangerous, one of the first jobs my wife held was as a collections officer for the Internal Revenue Service. For several years, she was sent to pry Uncle Sam’s due from tax dodgers and protesters in rural Appalachia. They may have grumbled, but it turned out not to be a fair match; she gave no quarter and usually came back with the dollars. Looking back, it sticks with me th … [Read more...]


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