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...]

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...]

 By Kimberly D. Russaw.People talk about how they give to those in need. Those readers who have a passing acquaintance with the biblical story of Joseph may simply remember him for his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while others more theologically invested in Scripture may understand Joseph’s as a story of God’s providence.  Still others may read this story at the end of Genesis as one about a younger brother’s largess surprising his bullying older brothers as a literary forerunner to th … [Read more...]

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Could Loaves and Fishes Change the Immigration Dilemma? (Matthew 14:13-21)

By Verity Jones.People react to the dramatic rise in unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the U.S. from Central America.In June, reporters for The Washington Post described the deplorable detention conditions of the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. “The sick are separated by flimsy strips of yellow police tape from the crying babies and expectant mothers. They subsist on bologna sandwiches and tacos, with portable toilets and no showers, and their wait can last for d … [Read more...]

Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56

By Rev. Eric C. Shafer August 2005. Hurricane Katrina had struck New Orleans and help had not yet arrived for several days. The televised images are nearly seven years old, but they continue to be vivid in my mind. Thousands of people, mostly poor African Americans, were stranded outside of the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center. They were screaming for help, for rescue, for food, for water. Even worse, untended dead bodies were laying there – one in a grocery cart, only s … [Read more...]


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