Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

Is Our Yes Really YES?

A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did […]

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Unconditional Love

“So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’He said to […]

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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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