In 2012, Fr. Tom spent four months on sabbatical, going back to family roots and spending time in places where Christians, Moslems and Jews lived in harmony for a time. See his blog here: http://tomsabbatical.blogspot.com/
As many of you know, Vaunie’s mother, LeVaun Pendergast Bell Lippincott, known as “Pendie,” passed away on August 7. Vaunie is strong and fine. She is in Maine for a few days, visiting our daughter Sarah and also spending time at Prout’s Neck, a place that Pendie enjoyed like no other. I want to thank […]
In St. Mathew’s Gospel, Jesus has just demonstrated the power of the kingdom of heaven by feeding the 5,000. Sharing the Good News and the reality of the kingdom of heaven will soon be the disciples’ job. What kind of faith has he instilled in them? In today’s reading, we see that faith tested. “You […]
God, through Jesus, does feed crowds–all the crowds that make up the populations of the world, all the crowds that in their differences often treat each other harshly, all the crowds that the paragons of correctness insist must be forced to become alike. Acknowledging that openness is to understand the heart of the Gospel and to decisively challenge the view that religion must require us to be correct in just one way.
“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.” When will we hear it? We may be in some place or relationship or conversation, or in some circumstance of whatever kind. We may not even be thinking about anything to do with God or the holy. But suddenly we will become aware of levels in this moment that we did not imagine.
On this Rogation Sunday, we ask God not only to bless the harvest and the land, the seas and the sky – we ask God to bless us with the Spirit as we take hold of our vocation to be healers of the earth.
Easter is not just about a tomb that was empty on that first day of new life, of Easter life. Easter is even more about Jesus’ presence with his community on every Sunday and about his presence in our hearts and in our lives every single day of our lives.