Living in the Desert

She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.  Her child was caught up to God and his throne.  The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God. Rev. 12: 5-6 For just as in Adam all die, so[read more]

Aliens Ourselves

For the Lord, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of Lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes; who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.  So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once[read more]

Faith and Encounter

Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith!  Let it be done for you as you wish.”  And her daughter was healed from that hour. Matthew 15: 28 In today’s gospel of the encounter of Jesus with the Canaanite woman, we have described the “Culture of Encounter” that Christians, according[read more]

Vanity and Discouragement

For what profit comes to us from the toil and anxiety of heart with which we have labored under the sun?  All our days sorrow and grief are our occupation; even at night our minds are not at rest.  This also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 2: 22-23 There is perhaps no more “counter-cultural” text in the[read more]

One Step At A Time

Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” John 20: 29 At the age of 77, and long before the advent of the computer, Thomas Jefferson set out to cut and paste his way to a new version of[read more]

The Lord Called Me From Birth

The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. . . . You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Isaiah 49: 1,3 All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?”  For surely the[read more]

Choosing Our Treasure

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Matthew 6:21 Sometime in early adulthood I became aware for the first time of how difficult to answer I found the question “What do you want?” In today’s passage from Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us how important this[read more]

Playing Many Parts

“When you give alms, therefore, do not trumpet it aloud before you, as those who are playacting do in the synagogues and in the streets so they may be lauded by others; amen, I tell you, they have their recompense in full. But when you are giving alms do not allow your left hand to[read more]

The Light of Goodness

When Barnabas arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. Acts 11: 23-24 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good[read more]

“Do You Love Me More Than These”

“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”  “Feed my lambs.” John 21: 15 For most of my life, I have read this passage from John 21 in a certain way.  I have taken the first of Jesus’ three questions[read more]