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Ignorance isn’t our dominant family trait

by Tom Andel

One of the last things Jesus said before dying was “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” That “them” might have included his disciples. Maybe that’s why, before his ascension, Jesus came back to have a few more words with them. As a human himself, he knew their weaknesses. And, after all, some […]

Finding Wisdom through Godly Eyes

by Tom Andel

Many of us in this hyper-political world see everything through partisan glasses. Depending on your political philosophy, our society’s greatest faults require either controlling or taxing. Human bureaucracy to the rescue.  From that perspective, people of the early Church (after Jesus’ resurrection) might be seen as Communists for their practices. There was no needy person […]

The Uprising of an Easter Crop

by Tom Andel

There are dozens of Easter songs about rising and resurrection. All of them have spiritually uplifting messages about Christ’s—and therefore OUR—rising from the dead. One inspirational song about rising is about flood waters. Johnny Cash wrote “How High’s the Water, Momma” about a 1937 Mississippi flood that drove him and his family out of their […]

The Call of God’s Jazz

by Tom Andel

The Passion that we read on Palm Sunday is like a jazz score. Its truth is perceived between the notes and beyond the words. The key moments feature people doing seemingly senseless things in response to God’s call. This kind of “Call and response” is akin to the patterns often found in jazz music, with […]

The Saint in Our Smile

by Tom Andel

Sunday’s gospel reading (Jn 12:20-33) shows Jesus at a crucial time in his ministry, and we’re reading it at a crucial time in our history. Toward the end of his earthly life, Jesus’ message was reaching far beyond its original target audience. John tells us that even Greeks were being inspired to observe Passover. John’s […]

Embrace Your Inner Barney Fife

by Tom Andel

We can learn much from Barney Fife of the old Andy Griffith Show. This hapless deputy who continuously lived in the shadow of his boss, Sheriff Andy Taylor, wore the uniform of a lawman, but not well. He was the show’s comedy relief, and the audience was encouraged to look beneath his uniform and see […]

Curing Our Soul’s Leprosy

by Tom Andel

Throughout history, where you saw leprosy, you were also likely to see God. That’s because God is love, and anyone with enough love to serve the needs of those afflicted with this body-disfiguring disease embodied God’s presence among them. That love was returned, too, as Bishop Fulton Sheen told an audience of Kansas State University […]

Faith: Science’s Undiscovered Element

by Tom Andel

In Sunday’s account of Jesus’ transfiguration (Mk 9:2-10), his disciples witness long-dead prophets conversing with their soon-to-be-dead master. After this vision, the Master instructs them not to tell anyone about this until he rises from the dead. The reading ends with these disciples discussing what rising from the dead means. Ever since that rising, faith […]

Lent: Where the Wild Things Are

by Tom Andel

The web-spun unrest that caught politicians in a wild debate about the threat of hate speech to our democratic republic inspired one congressman to announce his official boycott of social media. This representative announced last month via the Wall Street Journal that he was leaving all social media forums. “I haven’t decided whether this will […]

Resurrected from the Grave of Our Skin

by Tom Andel

In some ways, Covid 19 is the 21st century’s version of first-century leprosy. People with Covid may feel like lepers of old because they’re forced to isolate themselves. Our modern world’s leaders are like Moses in this Sunday’s first mass reading (Lv 13:1-2, 44-46), prescribing actions for their citizens to keep others safe: “As long […]