about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Scripture
There’s a curious patch in this selection, that line about dying for a good person. I wonder if Saint Paul is speaking about an ancient understanding of placing oneself in the service of a king or noble and dying for … Continue reading
In his letter to the Romans we find Paul’s most developed and articulate theology, including many explorations of redemption. Over the next few days, I’d like to explore all the Romans readings in the Reconciliation Lectionary and unpack some of … Continue reading
Freedom! Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are … Continue reading
My colleague Fr Richmond‘s homily from this past weekend. His reflection on Genesis 18 was far superior to my written one.
This weekend at Mass, Abraham bargains with the Lord of the Universe. God is singularly unimpressed with the sinfulness of Sodom. This reading also happens to appear as a possible choice for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What would be your thoughts as … Continue reading
As ordinary time continues, we will get a steady dose of Luke’s Gospel each weekend until December. One reading that does not appear in the Sunday Lectionary is this tidbit from chapter 13, also found in the Rite of Penance … Continue reading
Some months ago, a campus ministry colleague from another diocese was sharing with me a later life “insight” from a former student I found somewhat troubling. It came to mind when I was reading this Catherine Woodiwiss piece in Sojourners. The … Continue reading
The treasure in the field. The pearl of great price. Two cherished Christian images that seem to have lost none of their tangible appeal even if pearl merchants are no longer on street corners. I suppose we do have realtors … Continue reading
The Sermon on the Mount covers three chapters in Matthew’s Gospel. There are some long narrative teachings, like the Beatitudes. And there are some that are abruptly short, like this one: Listen to what the Lord says to us: If … Continue reading
Yesterday we looked at a reading common to Holy Week, funerals, and penance. Tonight’s reading has been covered before on this website for weddings. Let’s read it again: Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. … Continue reading
I don’t have any experience of the use of this reading at a wedding liturgy. Possibly because it was authorized as an official choice in the second edition of the rite, a version which has yet to be promulgated in … Continue reading
We’ve explored this passage before on this web site. It is one of the selections from the Order of Christian Funerals. Fifty-two weeks ago to the day we looked at it briefly. In returning to it today, I would still … Continue reading
The call of the apostle Matthew follows on the heels of the account of Jesus healing the paralytic and forgiving his sins. This call is direct. Two words are enough. I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I’m … Continue reading
The scribes were trussed that Jesus seemed to mash up healing and forgiveness. Of course, they were also in a religious and cultural tradition that insisted that God punished the sinful with misfortune and disease and disaster. From our Christian … Continue reading