Posts from October 2012

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God Helps His Reluctant Leaders

by Tom Andel

The world’s best leaders came to that role reluctantly. That truism is reflected not only in today’s readings but throughout history. In today’s second reading from Hebrews, Paul notes that God appoints every high priest to act on the people’s behalf as an intermediary with God. “He can sympathize with those who are ignorant or […]

Too Many Public Servants, Not Enough Slaves

by Tom Andel

All politicians are local.  They’re inescapable, and lobbying to take an even loftier position in our lives. That must have been how Jesus felt in today’s gospel when James and John asked for the highest positions in his cabinet. But Jesus was suspicious of their motives, as we often are when politicians ask us to elect them to […]

The Price of Heaven? You Can’t Afford it.

by Tom Andel

I’ve always identified with that poor/rich guy in today’s gospel who asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life. I don’t relate to his wealth, really, but to his desire for some assurance of salvation. When Jesus quotes him the price, he slinks away crestfallen, like a pauper unable to pay it. I fear if I were in […]

The Gospel According to Tammy

by Tom Andel

Our little boy is four years old and quite a little man So we spell out the words we don’t want him to understand Like T-O-Y or maybe S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E; But the words we’re hiding from him now Tear the heart right out of me. Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today. Thank you for that song, Tammy […]