The Lord’s Work

At the sight of the crowds, Jesus’ heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Matthew[read more]

Serving Worthily

“I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others  have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Luke 21: 3-4 The older I get the more central to the gospel teaching the story of the poor widow[read more]

Transcendent Speaking

“When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:19-20 Adrian van Kaam would often point out that if sexuality was the great repression of Freud’s[read more]

Being Moved To Act

When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind: / The stalk of grain that forms no ear / can yield no flour; Even if it could, / strangers would swallow it. Hosea 8:7 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned,[read more]

Discovering Courage

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.  For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.   2 Timothy 1:6-7 This morning’s  news features a story about a famous fashion[read more]

Suffering With Christ

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8: 16-17 In my earliest religious upbringing there seemed to be in[read more]

The Present Given By God

When you were slaves of sin, you felt no obligation to righteousness, and what did you get from this? Nothing but experiences that now make you blush, since that sort of behavior ends in death. Now, however, you have been set free from sin, you have been made slaves of God, and you get a[read more]

Messengers of Divine Life

“Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to  him, “Amen, amen, I say to you you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1: 50-51 At[read more]

Power and Repentance

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness, and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees, stretching out my hands to the Lord, my God. I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked[read more]