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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This piece of last Sunday’s Gospel got scant treatment from my pastor in his homily. Here’s why: (W)e might focus on the saying about adultery and lust, about tearing your eye out and cutting off your limbs. This is just … Continue reading
A small piece that Scripture scholars link with the saying on leaving one’s gift at the altar and going to reconcile: Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to … Continue reading
The pastor preached on the long form of the Sunday Gospel passage this past weekend. The overarching discussion was on making and keeping commitments. He mentioned the formula Jesus gives, “You have heard … But I say to you …” … Continue reading
The Reconciliation Lectionary gives thirty-one verses as an option for a reading at number 180 in the rite. Honestly, I can’t imagine that whole Gospel passage proclaimed at either liturgy or with reconciliation with one penitent. This coming weekend’s long … Continue reading
Prophets from Elijah to John the Baptist urged people to repentance. Such advice often went unheeded. They also remind us this has all happened before. The post-Exilic community, in joy at the return from Babylon, clearly needed a repeat of the … Continue reading
Christians have always struggled to understand sin. We know something is wrong. Yet we still do it. Saint Paul struggled mightily with this, if we are to read between the lines of his letters. Many Christian saints struggled heroically against … Continue reading
In 1 John, we are given the starkest contrast: the darkness and the light. It seems simple enough to think of sin as associated with darkness. One of the favorite preaching themes of my pastor is to remind Advent or … Continue reading
This brief reading concludes chapter four of Saint John’s first letter. It has the merit of brevity. It also wraps up an important biblical theme: gratitude. God loves us so much. Do we in turn offer love to others? If … Continue reading
Two days before Christmas, the Church assigns Malachi to proclaim the coming messenger of judgment to the people. In the chill of northern winter, we hear of enough heat to refine precious metal. In the Rite of Penance, this is … Continue reading
John the Baptist introduces repentance in the Gospels, and both Luke’s and Matthew’s versions make it to the Reconciliation Lectionary. Every Christian knows the word repent. We sometimes make jokes of it, and often we skirt it. It seems something … Continue reading
The Church proclaims the prophet Isaiah during Advent, and listens to him. Traditionally, Christians saw Isaiah as a book that most strongly pointed toward Christ. Sidestepping biblical analysis, it is quite easy to see why. Jesus adopted many of the … Continue reading
Some of this passage, the verses 11-14, is proclaimed on the First Sunday of Advent, cycle A. In my opinion, this is one of the best possible choices for an Advent communal service. Some people might focus on the commandments–this part … Continue reading
The Micah 6:6-8 passage is better known than most any Old Testament passage. Do justice, love goodness, walk humbly: this is sage advice from the very core of the Jewish tradition. Read then the verses that precede it: Hear, then, what … Continue reading
This passage is well-utilized for the Anointing of the Sick, but does that one line make it suitable for Reconciliation? Let’s read, then discuss: Beloved: Is anyone among you suffering? He (or she) should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? … Continue reading