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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thomas Altepeter

  Rev. Thomas Altepeter is an Ecumenical Catholic priest and pastor of St. Clare Ecumenical Catholic Community in Spokane. He is also a licensed psychologist and has previously served as pastor of an ECC community in Wisconsin, been employed as a university professor, served as a director of a large behavioral health department, and worked in private practice as a psychologist.

Introducing Ask An Ecumenical Catholic

Ecumenical Catholics live and celebrate the Catholic tradition in contemporary ways.

What we can learn from Zacchaeus

In my church's Gospel reading for the week of Nov. 3, Luke 19: 1-10, Jesus encounters Zacchaeus. Who was this man, Zacchaeus? The text tells us that he was "a chief tax collector, and a wealthy man."

What was the worldview of Jesus?

The apostles of Jesus say to him, "Increase our faith." He replies that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed (which is quite small), we could say to this tree "be uprooted" and it would obey us.

Materialism vs. morality

Luke 16:1-13, commonly referred to as the Parable of the Dishonest Steward, is taken from a section in the Gospel of Luke that includes a...

What is your image of God?

Luke 11:1-13 invites us to reflect on our mental image of God. A mental image is an internal representation of the world. We form these internal representations over time based upon our perceptions and experiences. For example, we all have mental images of "summer" and "winter," formed over many years of experiences of the naturally occurring patterns in the weather.

Where can you find more balance? The answer may be in the story of Mary and Martha

Much has been made of this reading over the years. If one were to do a historical review of commentaries on this reading, one would find a wide variety of interpretations that often contradict one another. Some have viewed this reading as a criticism of traditional female roles (meal preparation in the kitchen) as compared to more traditional male roles (education, learning at the "feet of the master").

What is discipleship?

Luke 9:51-62 invites us to reflect on the issue of discipleship. Discipleship is often misunderstood in our culture. We tend to think of a disciple, especially in a Christian context, as one who has some familiarity with Jesus, and who is favorably disposed toward him.

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