Sunday favorites

“Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.” [Read more…]

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Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you

That’s what Jesus is saying. “The poor will always be with you” because you are disobedient, hardhearted, exploitative and devious. The presence of poverty is not some inevitable law of the universe, it’s the consequence of sin — your sin, the sin of the wealthy, not the sin of the poor. The fact that the poor are with us is a rebuke. It is evidence of our guilt and failure and wicked thinking. [Read more…]

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Advent Calendar, Day Five: Magnificat Is Coming to Town

“The kids in girl and boy land,” the song says, “will have a Jubilee.” But this promise of a coming Jubilee isn’t for everyone. Alongside that promise there’s also a repeated warning, almost a threat — “You better watch out.” This mix of a promised Jubilee and a repeated warning echoes the very first Christmas song or Advent hymn ever written. [Read more…]

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‘Who gets a casserole?’

When hardship comes good neighbors often reach out to help. And often that means bringing over a casserole. That’s a tangible, practical gesture. And it’s a way of saying and showing that we’re here for you, and we want to help. But not everybody gets a casserole. Some people, it seems, are not perceived as being casserole-worthy. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (9.8)

“You have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more…]

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The gospel according to 1 Corinthians 13 (part 2)

The main problem with “sharing our faith” is that faith is not the main thing we should be sharing. It’s not the main thing at all. It’s not the point, not the focus, and making it our point and our focus in evangelism sends us way off track. Evangelism should be about sharing the greatest of these, the more excellent way. [Read more…]

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Je suis Alexamenos

Spring is coming, so if you need mulch, I know a guy. Here are a couple of items for the list of Things Millennials Will Need to Fix, plus: How the 1960s impoverished the Okies of the 1930s, the market sets a price for the State of Alabama, and an apocryphal study of angelic genitalia. [Read more…]

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She’s working double shifts to keep us fed

Vatican Guy No. 1: “How should we advertise our all-male conference on women?” Vatican Guy No. 2: “How about with a sculpture of a nude headless woman whose breasts and genitals are bound with golden rope?” VG No. 1: “Perfect.” (Plus some other Wednesday evening linkage.) [Read more…]

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