The Sweetness of Death

“… if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Jesus utters these words in anticipation of his own death – and Sugar’s.

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The Lightest Touch, The Touch of Light

The day my father changed everything.

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Temple Cleansing or Temple Closing?

He creates a new temple in its place – an abode of mercy that is himself. This is the heart of the Gospel!

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Suffering and Love

We didn’t know what Love would entail.

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Bread, Temple, and Crown: a Lenten Invitation

Traveling with courage.

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A Dazzling Secret

Dangerous glory.

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Don’t Tell

Too soon to blow the cover?

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Astonishing Authority

“I have the power to kill.”

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Leaving Our Nets

Perhaps a more revealing question than “what does Jesus see in them?” is “what do they see in this Jesus?”

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Holy Everything

The sacred is hidden inside the profane, wanting to be discovered!

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Baptismal Blessing

Perhaps the greatest of all the miracles is not that God loves us, but that God actually likes us.

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The Word Without A Word

We too live in unstilled worlds. Unto us a child has been born, inarticulate, unable to speak a word – the Word.

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To Hope and To Wait

In the Spanish language the verb esperar means both “to hope” and “to wait.” It is a beautiful Advent verb.

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Let It Be

She reminds us that transformation is not something that we can either will or work into existence – ever.

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Advent Hope

Dangerous divine leveling.

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BEEP BEEP BEEP Arggg

In Mark we get a smelly guy yelling – dressed like a nutcase. Right from the opening verses. “Repent!” Literally, “get a different mind!” Wake up!

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Awake For What?

How much and how many can we care about before our hearts grow sleepy?

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I See You – A Third Way Through

At Street Psalms, we have a hunch that in many instances, the line between insiders and outsiders (us vs. them) is an invention of our own making.

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Unlikely Hero in a Familiar Parable?

I have loved ones crushed by the powers of the world and thrown out. They’re struggling. Sometimes they are faithful, sometimes not. Me too.

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The Crushing Weight of Purity

No one imagines our young people pure. Least of all, themselves.

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Love God, Love People, Nothing Else Matters

Is that really true? Is this statement about love in two directions all that really matters?

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Un-Beautiful Questions

Traps that snap shut and questions that open wide.

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Builders of Violence

The new comes – a marvel! But as we see the gospel story unfolding, the old will not go quietly.

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The Scandal of Authority

A call girl’s facelift to “authority”.

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The Last and the First

Math in the kingdom of heaven.

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Forgiveness

The master releases the servant.

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Binding and Loosing

In this and similar passages, Jesus doesn’t weigh in on whether he falls in the strict or loose camp. As a rabbi he makes a far more profound move.

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A Change of Heart for Jesus?

A disturbing reply to a desperate woman.

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Theoretical Considerations of Walking on Water

Transformation begins when we do too.

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Lavish For Whom?

The fourteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel tells of two lavish feasts, back to back.

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Riddles of Grace

“The shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story.”

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Dazzled

Imagine that it’s 1633 and you are hearing for the first time that the sun does not revolve around the earth.

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Deficiencies

And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow…
some seeds fell on the path…
rocky ground… thorns… good soil.
(Matt. 13:1-9)

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My Well-Fitting Yoke

Your fully human self will suit you just fine, Jesus’ story says. Check in the mirror, you’ll see!

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Hospitality Among the Flies

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

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The Manner of Going

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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All Flesh Is One

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”

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Way, Truth, Life

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Mercy Gate

“Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
(John 10:1-10)

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Creation Through Forgiveness

When we think of creation as an event that happened a long time ago in a garden far, far away, we can easily forget that creation is the ongoing activity of God, here and now, made visible through the resurrection.

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Maundy Thursday

Jesus calls us friend today, knowing we will betray him tomorrow. If there is an order to salvation, this is it.

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Gospel of Rejects

This gospel of rejects is the “way of salvation” hinted from the early pages of Scripture and revealed fully in Jesus. It’s at work in the world and in us. In our busy-ness building, are we paying attention?

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Voice from the Bones

The dead still speak – at least they do in Guatemala.

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Formed Among Thorns

Spiritual purgation cleanses and clarifies the true identity into which we are being called and into which we are formed.

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Lenten Blessings

God’s blessing is the sacrament of the present moment that redeems both past and future.

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You’re Invited to Desire

“May the real I meet the real Thou.”

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The Greatest Loser

The crucified ones of this world are helping us re-narrate the Law and the words of the Prophets to reclaim a Gospel of grace, mercy, and peace in a violent world.

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The Enemy of Perfection

It’s about God wanting us to be fully human, and God knows that our enemies hold the key to our humanity.

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Have You Heard?

Rabbi Jesus, teach us to see through your eyes.

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A Solitary Light

Jesus reminds us that we are salt and light. These are twin gifts of our deepest vocation – to be human.

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Breaking Into Prison

Gospel freedom happens to us while we are still in prison.

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Asking the Beautiful Questions

I imagine the rich man at the beginning of his day. He is a man about town, with pressing matters on his mind and very important people to meet. I am easily persuaded that someone like him has no time to volunteer with a local charity or dedicate himself to the protection of the less fortunate. But then we find Lazarus right outside his gate.

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