God’s Image or ours? God’s Laws or Ours?

It is tempting to present our own views, or even those collective views held by an entire society, as those ordained by God. It can be difficult to discern the difference between what is God’s intention for human flourishing and what is our normative presumptions formed by human culture. This is the case in today’s […]

Pope Francis Continues Advocating for Peacemaking

Today, Pope Francis met with the diplomatic corps of the Holy See and took the opportunity to dedicate his remarks to the theme of “security and peace,” as he described it. He explained, “In today’s climate of general apprehension for the present, and uncertainty and anxious concern for the future, I feel it is important […]

The Chance to Bear Witness

As the end-of-the-liturgical-year apocalyptic scale ratchets up in the weekday lectionary, we recount more of Jesus’s cautionary tales and warnings regarding discipleship. Today’s Gospel passage from Luke 21:12-19 offers one such instance: Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they […]

Not Love of Law, but the Law of Love

As with so many readings from Sacred Scripture, there are certain pitfalls that we should avoid in our hearing the Word today and discerning the Spirit’s invitation to understand the its fuller meaning (sensus plenior). One very dangerous trap is to slip into some kind of supercessionist interpretation of the First Reading (Deut 4:1-2, 6-8) in light […]