Costing Our Very Selves

Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?  Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have[read more]

Hearing the Voices of the Poor

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in[read more]

Obedient From The Heart

But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Romans 6:17 Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. Luke[read more]

Faithfulness and Justice

They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice. Zechariah 8:8 “For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Luke 9: 48 We are reminded with the words of Zechariah that the God of Israel and our God is a[read more]

Take Nothing For The Journey

“Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.  Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.  And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against[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]

New Life and Responsibility

The Lord took Abram outside and said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.  Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”  Genesis 15:5 Early this morning a young couple who are very dear friends gave birth to their first child.  I awoke, from a fairly restless and anxious night,[read more]

Law and Spirit

Rather our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.  Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious that the children of Israel could not look[read more]

A Shared Inheritance

But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.  He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to[read more]