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Gospel fairness: Part II
Direct your attention for a moment to the cross of Christ. What's fair about that? An innocent man dies at the hands of the guilty. The friend of sinners is abandoned by his closest companions. A teacher, healer, and wonder worker is beaten, wounded, and left to die after being denounced by the very people he served and saved. A grotesque conspiracy between invested religious leaders and indifferent occupying forces ...
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, September 28, 2014
Preaching the News
One of the stories we are following this week ...
Pope condemns killing in the name of God...
“Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me,” the psalmist implores this Sunday. Pope Francis did some teaching of his own last Sunday when he used the occasion of a one-day visit to mostly Muslim Albania to call upon Muslims and their religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege,” Francis told representatives of Muslim, Orthodox Christian, and Catholic communities in Tirana, the capital of the formerly Communist nation.
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...