Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

Power To Bind or Loose

Church conflict is nothing new. Sometimes people think there should be no conflict in church, as though by virtue of being Christians we can and should cover over all disagreements with niceness. Jesus in his teaching in our gospel lesson today seems to proceed on the baseline assumption that conflict in Christian community is normal […]

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Take Up Your Cross

Depending on the situation, sometimes Peter ‘gets it’ and sometimes Peter is as clueless as the rest.  But he never tires of being outspoken! Like when Jesus asks the disciples, “who do you say that I am” Peter the only one to hazard a guess! And when he answers “You are the son of God… […]

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Who Do You Say I Am?

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that am?” I’m sure that it is a result of having to face hard questions last week about whether or not Jesus could be wrong, but this conjures up images for me of times in my life when I’ve felt insecure and unsure […]

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Have Pity!

None of us enjoys walking into a situation and being made to feel unwelcome. Perhaps at a social event we join a group of people deep in conversation, only to have all talking stop. Or we present a new idea to the staff with whom we work and it is immediately cut down and we […]

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It Is You!

Sometimes today’s Gospel  is interpreted along the lines of the title of a book by John Ortberg, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat.” The interpretation goes like this: Peter had the right idea when he got out of the boat, quite literally stepping out in faith. […]

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