Tuck’s Blog

At the Heart of Worship

I remember reading somewhere about a doorman who was set to retire after working at a Broadway theater for more than forty years.  The theater threw him a party, and a reporter was there for a human-interest story. He asked, “Of all the Broadway plays that have come through this theater, which has been your…

It Didn’t Work?

“I tried that once; it doesn’t work.” That statement was made not about the latest weight loss plan or late-night infomercial gizmo. It was made about prayer. The person had evidently asked God for something important and he didn’t get it, so prayer was now off his list. I wasn’t completely sure he was completely being…

Better to Be an Atheist?

Last Thursday, Pope Francis surprised a lot of people when he suggested that people are better off being atheists than being hypocritical Catholics. Now, one would think that Francis has something of a vested interest in getting as many people being Catholic as possible. After all, large organizations draw their power and influence (and money)…

On Fiddling on Roofs

Today’s reading from Mark 7 ends with common people seeing Jesus heal a deaf-mute man and exclaiming, “He has done everything well” (7:37). This ringing endorsement was not exactly shared by the religious leaders who opposed Jesus from the very beginning of Mark’s book. That opposition began in chapter 2; by 3:6 the Pharisees have decided…