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Put Those Wretches to a Miserable Death

“They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the … Continue reading

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Touched

The parish I serve is located next to National Cathedral, and my favorite place within the Cathedral is the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. It’s not grand or majestic, or even particularly awe-inspiring. Instead, it is humble: a tiny space … Continue reading

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Anticipation

Each year, a few weeks before Advent,┬áthe Advent calendars arrive in shops: cardboard images with twenty-five numbered doors, or wooden containers with numbered drawers; they help us count down the days from December 1st until Christmas Day. They build our … Continue reading

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Joy

Yesterday afternoon, I turned on the radio, and All Things Considered was doing a segment on French’s green bean casserole. You know the stuff: canned beans, mushroom soup, fried onions from a third can. It embodies everything awful about 1950’s … Continue reading

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Shhhhh!

“Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.” Matthew 16:20 I think of all of the commands that Jesus gives the disciples–and by extension us today–this is THE command that with sincerity and … Continue reading

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Wild

I spent much of last week in Ireland, walking among the stones and bogs of Connemara and the scoured grey flint of Inis Mor. The land was barely tamed, a thin edge of green around a dark and uninhabited center … Continue reading

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Friends

The first time I met her, we chatted for a few minutes, then turned away, uninterested. It was our first week of seminary, and both of us had the same immediate impression: “No, not that one.” I don’t remember when … Continue reading

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