Luke 24:36b-48: A Welcoming Table

By Henry BrintonEveryone knows about Easter morning, when a group of women discover the empty tomb. Many people also know the story of Easter afternoon — the walk to Emmaus in which two disciples encounter a mysterious stranger who reveals himself to be the risen Christ.LGBTQ Groups on Catholic CampusesThe Catholic Church's hierarchy has been clear in its statements against same-sex marriage. But many Catholic colleges and universities have officially recognized LGBTQ a … [Read more...]

Mark 1:9-11: The Pleasure Principle

By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderI must admit the title of this article refers me to an unusual source. Yes, as I write a biblical commentary, I cannot help but recall a song that is not rooted in the Bible. It is a pop song – not a hymn, spiritual or sacred anthem – that pricks my attention. I am not a Janet Jackson aficionado, but her song, “The Pleasure Principle” from 1987 has a few lines that are still appealing almost 25 years later: “I’m not here to feed your insecurities. I wanted you … [Read more...]

Mark 1:40-45: The Inconvenient Truth about Taking Care of the Poor

By Matthew L. SkinnerJesus was concerned about the very poor.I’m not trying to pile on Mitt Romney after the bad week he had. I think he and most other politicians are concerned about poverty, too, despite their occasional inability to do much about it. But their concern differs greatly from Jesus’. More about them later. … [Read more...]

Exodus 1:8-2:10: Faith in the Past, Present, and Future

By Eric D. BarretoHad fear prevailed, we would not know the name “Moses” today. Had Pharaoh triumphed, the story of God’s liberation of God’s enslaved people could not be told. Had a number of women not acted out of compassion and courage, the extermination of a people would have been sharply felt by them but probably forgotten by history. … [Read more...]


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