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Sermon for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

It’s hard, not just because, as human beings, we are supposed to feel compassion. It’s hard because I, like the disciples, have already made a commitment. I already told Jesus I’d follow him. At this point neutrality and ignorance and apathy are not options. Jesus has already told me that he is to be found in those who suffer. But all I can do is close my eyes. Continue reading

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Sermon for the Ordination of Nadia Stefko to the Diaconate

The deacon, though also ordained by the Church and bearing its authority, is meant to stand at the edges: the edges of the church, the edges of society, the edges of the abysses of human evil. Without the shield of sacramental authority, bearing the naked moral authority that Jesus wielded, deacons call us to look to the edges, to look deep into the abysses . . . Continue reading

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Sermon at the Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of Ben Varnum

The things that deacons are called to bring to our attention—poverty, disease, abuse, neglect—are unpleasant, painful, embarrassing, troublesome. We might even feel that to look at those things head-on will kill us. And we might even be right. Continue reading

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Sermon on the Woman at the Well – 3-27-11

“Give me a drink.” As soon as he opened his mouth I knew he was a Jew. His very accent was enough to tighten my shoulders. How dare he? Who did he think I was? Who did he think he was? Continue reading

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Sermon on the Song of Solomon, preached 7-3-11

The life of the Christian community has as its rationale . . . the task of teaching us . . . that human beings may see themselves as desired, as the occasion of joy. Continue reading

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