The Non-Dichotomized Life

Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”[read more]

Wisdom and Childlikeness

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: / a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, / a Spirit of counsel and of strength, / a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, / and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord. /  Not by appearance shall he judge, /[read more]

By Endurance We Gain Our Lives

You will be  hated by all on account of my name. And not a hair from your head will be lost! You will gain possession of your lives by your endurance. Luke 21:17-19 The computer that I use at work is now several years old. In recent months it has become quite slow, and so[read more]

Love and Possessions

On that day the person who is on the roof but has belongings inside the house should not go down to get them. The person who is in the field should likewise not turn back for the things left behind. Remember Lot’s wife!  Anyone seeking to hold life as a possession will lose it. Whoever[read more]

Gratitude and Service

Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples!  Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels. Wisdom 6: 2-4 Jesus responded, “Were not ten people cleansed? Where are the other nine? Were[read more]

The Way of Dispossession

Whoever does not bear one’s own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For who of you wishing to build a tower does not first sit down and figure out the price, to see if there are enough funds to complete the work? Otherwise, if one lays the foundation but is not able[read more]

Being Separated and United

When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you[read more]

Transcendent Hope Amidst Cultural Devastation

For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. Romans 8: 24-25 St. Paul speaks of “hope” in Romans 8 in the context of the groaning of all[read more]

Giving From The Inside

“Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish. But your insides are full of greed and wickedness!  Fools!  Didn’t the one who made the outside also make the inside? So instead, give that which is inside as alms.” Luke 11: 39-41 Luke Timothy Johnson offers a quite unique translation of Luke 11:41:[read more]

Discovering Our Ordinary Lives

For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble. And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of hosts. But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of[read more]