Saying goodbye to the old ways can be hard. But, like Elijah, real leaders raise up their successors, offering holy friendship, support, and encouragement to try something new!
Music is part of our lives, and part of our faith tradition. Johnson understood this as he spoke of the songs of his people, the music of unheralded bards whose names are known to God alone but whose music still echoes in our hearts and minds.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist, but our gospel invites to more of a wedding than a birthday party.
It is easy to disappear into confusion and self-pity when God calls us to change in the service of new understanding.
The example of Abraham prepares us for the life-or-death decisions we make each day.
What bit of “self” or “stuff” might God be asking you today to release yourself from, that lets Gospel perfection in?
Today’s first reading lifts to God a cloud of incense from over two hundred and fifty censers. Is any one offering more holy than another?
God never fails to help and govern those whom he has set upon the sure foundation of his lovingkindness
So many lessons, most especially remaining faithful to God and not building our own kingdoms or following those who seek to do that very thing.
Is God a debt-collector? The answer might depend on the forgiveness we extend toward others.
Three nights ago, at the Fort Collins vigil for those killed or wounded in the Orlando shooting, Rabbi Shoshana Leis sang, in what she described as an ancient traditional chant of lamentation, the last words texted by Eddie Justice to his mother.
Whether our guidance comes from morning Scriptures or from The Tonight Show, may we all move this world forward in love.
I thought of a hundred families and and hundreds more this week mourning the pain, suffering, and loss of their loved ones while the familiar excuses of powerlessness to stop the chain of death and destruction ooze up from every direction. And tears welled in my eyes all over again.
We all belong to the group of things that die and Jesus has joined us on the journey. He not only died for us, he dies with us. He gives us the greatest gift of his presence and he does not hold himself aloof from us or our mortality.
But sometimes He is just the God of carrying on. It’s the work of the saints, and of sinners like us. It is the heroic work of following Jesus to bear our scars and to carry on.