This morning the subject of our gospel is taxes. Everybody’s favourite topic. And yet, we all understand why they figure so heavily in our election discussion, why the debate about who should pay and how much is so central to our democracy. Taxes are a key way in how we participate in the common good; … Continue reading The Cost of Living in the World
So let’s talk about the ingrates – the ungrateful lot - in our gospel this morning. First, we have those nine men and women healed by Jesus of leprosy, who don’t bother to come back and say thank you for it. Jesus gave them their lives back, because a diagnosis of leprosy meant that you … Continue reading Jesus the Ingrate
Every year, right before school started, when my kids were growing up, there was a shopping spree. Not just for school supplies, but for new shoes and clothes. I have boys, but even for them, energy went into choosing the first day of school outfit. It spoke, even if they were thinking that way in … Continue reading Turn, then, and live
Here is an ethical dilemma: let’s say you have a neighbor, or a relative who is just refusing to follow the COVID-19 guidelines. They don’t believe the virus is all that serious. They think everyone is worrying too much. They don’t physically distance. They go out without a mask. They have family staying over. And … Continue reading It’s Not Fair!
These last few weeks, our readings have had a lot to say about love as a guiding principle to live in community. The kind of love that is empathetic, open, wise – and radical. And this morning in our first lesson, we have a most astonishing example of forgiving love, in the story of Joseph, … Continue reading Forgive As You Have Been Forgiven