Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Catholic Community

Epiphany 2021- Myth, Meaning, and the Rule of 3

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D. Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Today I plan to slide right on by the question of historical fact and “Did this really happen?” as we celebrate this Feast of Epiphany.  We will not dwell on the stargazing puzzle of whether the Star in the East was possibly…
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Christmas 2020 – “God pursuing Godself, and that would be us”

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D. Christmas is, at the level of human experience, fundamentally personal.  I’m not talking theology, history, sociology, psychology or even philosophy.  I’m talking practicality about Christmas Spirit and doing for others, acting for peace, and carrying out the work of justice.  However, I would like to make the point that at its…
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The time of covid: Communitarian Individualism NOT individualism vs communitarianism

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D. I ran across Fons Trompenaars the other day.  Fons, a native of Holland, is an organizational theorist, management consultant and creator of the Model of National Cultural Differences.  He specializes in guiding corporations on getting things done from the standpoint of acknowledging and addressing multicultural differences.  In this covid…
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Prophets Speak for God, Priests Become One with God

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 2nd Sunday of Advent —  December 6, 2020 You may be aware that the Prophet Isaiah was, along with being a prophet, a priest.  His call was dual – the prophet speaking for God and the priest becoming one…
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McCarrick who?

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D. Not that anyone cares, but I will not read the McCarrick Report, not a synopsis, not an abstract, not an article about it, not one page, not one word.  Get the picture?  Who needs to fill one’s brain with one more piece of evidence about Roman Catholic Episcopal malfeasance…
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Who will catch us?

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D. On this 34th and Final Sunday of the Year, Cycle A, I extend an invitation to consider the last 3 Gospels that have delivered this end – all of them taken from the 25th Chapter of Matthew.  These 3 parables comprise the bulk of this chapter.  First (32nd Sunday)…
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Lessons from the Cranes OR When it comes to covid who’s smarter?

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D. The leaves are fallen.  Last week’s wind and rain put an end to them.  The atmosphere has stabilized (for now) with an extended period of High Pressure and the Jet Stream has arced southward.  That’s all the alert that cranes need.  Two days this week at mid-day the sky…
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I believe in voting and here’s why.

Rev.  Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D. Romano L. “Ron” Mazzoli represented the citizens of Louisville, Kentucky in Congress for 24 years, 1971-95.  I was a “Friend of Ron.”  Well, actually, many of us were “Friends of Ron.”  This story, though, starts before I even knew that “Friends of Ron” existed, before I was proud to…
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Stay Awake, Get Ready, Be Prepared

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 32nd  Sunday in Ordinary Time —  November 8, 2020 I have two things to say today – neither one necessarily connected to the other.  But each one relates to items we just heard about in the readings for today.…
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