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After complaining the usual complaint, why do the wicked prosper? Habbakuk TODAY concludes with this MOST helpful bit of scripture that I know…the vision is delayed and gets further and further away below the horizon when all the time we thought it was coming over the horizon. So today I am reminded: I will stand […]

1984 Sally Fields made what seemed like one of the “save the farm” movies prevailing then. But it was about the Eucharist, John 6 especially. Highly recommended and I say no more. Spoilers. But you must wait to the last few minutes. I had people stop me and the nuns I was with after the […]


This word, the poor, the remnant, as in Blessed are the Poor, got the attention of engaged religious people when I was in religious studies before ordination. The exile imposed on the people by the Assyrians and then the Babylonians was imposed on the rich and the skilled workers. The conquerors left the poor, the […]

Sunday Homily July 15, 2012

Hal Weidner Homily with love…. Mk 6:7-13 Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick– no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals […]


Terrible words from Amos in today’s reading. But it encourages smugness too. WE have the WORD THEY do NOT. IT is their fault…I thought what if the whole Catholic Church went on retreat for 3 years…only bare essentials getting done. The Vatican does this for a week in Lent. But what process cannot evaded? What […]

Our gifts

Gospel Matthew 9:1-8 They glorified God who had given such authority to men. After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” […]

Gospel Mk 6:1-6 Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds […]

July 4 Word

The first word should be THANKS especially to France without that country, the American experience would have ended in disaster. Lafayette we are still here. Liberty and Justice for All, Equality, Liberty, Fraternity…still a project. The Gospel today is about Jesus among the tombs where a maniac encounters him and is cured. Matthew 8: 28. […]

I am going to re-start something I did when I first came to Wesleyan…A Sunday pre-bulletin on the Word and also a daily meditation form the lectionary. When I was in 8th grade we had a compulsory Bible class where I really encountered sacramental Gospel of John and the ecclesial selections of  Matthew in a […]

Psalm 39 (40) Though I am wretched and poor, the Lord will take care of me. I have proclaimed your judgement in the great assembly: I will not close my lips – Lord, you know it. I have not hidden your judgements away in my heart; I have not hidden your faithfulness from the assembly […]

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