Blog Posts for "Biblical Calls"

“Flight or Fight” in the Pulpit

The first reading for today’s Mass is one of those scriptures that many preachers (and readers) would just as soon avoid.  St. Paul’s admonition that “wives should be subordinate to their husbands out of reverence for Christ” is likely to make many in the assembly cringe—not only because it seems outdated in an age of increasing gender equality but also because this passage has too often been used to justify not only inequality but even abuse. There’s no getting around the fact that this phrase as well as Paul...

The Price of Living in “a Man’s World”

St. Bernard of Clairveaux Judges 11:29-39a The Bible is rich though complex and sometimes confounding collection of books.  Even though the Church invites us to read and reflect upon it with critical eyes as well as open and faithful hearts, there are passages that, despite our best efforts, are still hard to grasp and even disturbing. Today’s first reading is such a passage…at least to me.  Jephthah vows to God that if the LORD grants him and his fellow Israelites victory over their Ammonite enemies, then Jephthah will offer as a human sacrifice...

“Going Rogue” for God

Monday of the 3rd Week of Advent Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17a; Matthew 21:23-27 A few years ago, a failed vice presidential candidate and subsequent reality TV star wrote a book entitled Going Rogue, which reflected her image as a maverick and populist politician.  The term “going rogue” is often used in the movies to describe an agent who acts contrary to orders or his or her expected roles, sometimes for good and sometimes for self-serving or evil ends. Not everyone who is “going rogue” does so for God or for a good purpose, even when they claim they are.  But...

I Always Felt Something Pulling Me to Ministry - Biblical Calls

For some, the experience of a religious call is a sudden departure from an earlier direction. But many have the sense that God was preparing them for such a call from the beginning. Isaiah wrote, “The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me….” Jeremiah had a similar experience, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”  Sometimes, it’s hard to see the roots of a vocation in one’s earlier life. But in one way or another, God...

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