Encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John–Pilate

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Pilate’s first response to the leaders who brought Jesus to him was that they should deal with Jesus themselves.  The Jewish leaders reminded Pilate that they did not have the authority to execute Him.  Pilate then interviewed Jesus to find out the facts of the matter.  In this part of…
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The American Olympians

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I am not thinking of the modern Olympians that participate in either the winter or summer world games every four years, nor the ancient Olympians that competed at Olympia, Greece, in the Peloponnesus, the  location of the pan-Hellenic Olympic games (776 B.C. to 393 A.D.).  Rather, I am referring in…
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Babel and Jerusalem

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For the Day of Pentecost the Second Lesson appointed comes from the Book of Acts where Saint Peter addresses the crowd of Diaspora Jews gathered in Jerusalem for the celebration of the pilgrim Feast of Weeks.  From different lands the visitors to the city spoke different languages.  As a result…
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Babel–A Confusion of Tongues

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Many people are familiar with the story of the Tower of Babel.  At the Tower the people attempted to build a structure that would reach heaven.  God frustrated their plans by confusing their languages, making it impossible for them to complete their task.  The inspired writer of this story in…
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What Fire Cleanses?

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The fires in the cities do not purify or cleanse.  They destroy.  The Holy Spirit, the fire of God makes clean those who believe.  What renews the world is not the mob that destroys but the assembly of all those who hear the Word and receive the Sacraments, the holy…
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The Ideological Use of a Virus (Covid-19)

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A virus is not just a virus.  It has become the focus of the on-going ideological battle between the left and the right.  Stop reading this article if you think you will be disappointed, because I do not take a political-ideological position.  Rather, I will attempt to take a Christian…
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Religious vs. Spiritual

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When I was visiting a dying parishioner in the middle of the night, I spoke in the hallway with an orderly about religion  I don’t remember how this conversation got started. He said to me that he was spiritual rather than religious.  What he meant was that he had invented…
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