And then, “Risk!” says the voice of Christ within me. “What do you have to lose?” Knowing our hearts squeezed in the talons of the hawk, what indeed do any of us ever have to lose?
How can we remove “the sin that clings so closely”?
At a time when life can feel as small and cool as a stone, Lent can be a time to release the heavy weight of fear that infests so much of our public and private narratives.
Speaking to the Soul isn’t an advice column, but our reading from Proverbs gives us some advice worth taking to heart every day.
As we stand on the cusp of Lent, about to enter the dark times of the persecution and death of Jesus in our liturgical calender, it is a good time to be reminded that God the sublime and awe-inspiring has thrown God’s weight fully behind Jesus in this moment.
More good news is that God loves us enough to forgive us even before we ask for it. The confession and prayers for forgiveness aren’t for God, they’re for us, as funny as that sounds.
The words of eternal life do not disappear with changing attitudes about the practice of religion. They lurk at the center of all our questions. They inhabit those moments imbued by mystery and transition. They dwell in the ache of our hearts, the longing of our souls.
What if we take Isaac rather than Abraham as our model of faith? Isaac is willing to show up to God empty-handed.
So here we have two elders of the faith coming together to welcome the baby Jesus and his parents. Simeon, expressing a private joy and a dire prediction, and Anna calling out to all who would hear about this child and the redemption of Jerusalem.
In today’s gospel, Jesus asks not so much for firmer faith, but for deeper trust.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 Our Epistle today–the love chapter of 1 Corinthians–is one of those bits of…
We don’t like to recognize our faults. It makes us uncomfortable and smears the mirror of the persona we want the world to see in us. It is contrary to a world that expects everyone to put on a controlled demeanor, an “I can conquer the world” sort of face.
When our lives are caught in a loop, Christ helps us break the cycle.
“Oh! Beloved! Oh! I hardly expected to find you HERE,”
…a good reminder to us all that when it comes to the interlocking oppressions of gender, status, and religious power, liberation may take multiple attempts.