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.
What have you learned from being someone’s sidekick in ministry? When is a time you were nominally in charge, but your sidekick taught you something?
Through Paul’s conversion, he lost many of his bragging rights. What sources of confidence do we still cling to when faith calls us to something more?
We are called to be a Spirit-filled people, with each moment a revolution—a literal turning and reordering from the power of culture to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps the act of forgiving those who have wronged us instead of waiting gleefully for them to get what we feel is coming to them is a repentance we can do…
Week of 2 Epiphany, Year Two [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture…