by Leslie Scoopmire Luke 12:13-21 In one of my favorite movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, there’s a pivotal scene involving…
Today we stand with Pilate before an unstoppable riot that may be just getting started. Can we respond any differently than washing our hands?
Jesus’s message about prayer is less about the words, “Our father… hallowed be… thy kingdom… give us… forgive us…” It is much more about this: You already know how to do it.
To be honest, we might be the weeds ourselves. Let’s not be complacent. Let’s not think more highly of ourselves than we do our neighbors. Let God take care of gathering in the crop.
As we commemorate Mary Magdalene today, we can join her in a scene from the gospel, and pray for Christ to show up in the painful scenes of our lives as well.
We all have flaws, weaknesses and blindnesses that are uniquely ours. Spiritual growth involves getting to know and love them as integral parts of us.
Through their ground-breaking work we have inherited a better world and been shown an example of how finding the good news in our own faith can give us the strength to go out and share the Good News of love and grace and change the world in the process.
Here is the the thing
about galaxies, suns, and planets in their courses
about civilizations and communities,
How can we live a life less divided between our “day” selves and our “night” selves? Can we live with the same levels of integrity, courage, and transparency all day long?
Our reading also reminds us that when we show empathy and solidarity in the struggles of another, our task is simple–show up, and remain awake.
To do something or Not to do something… That is the question
The Righteous Gentiles were an example of what one person, or one small group could do to help others. Whether they were practicing Christians or not, they exemplified not just Christian values but also the commandments of God given to the Jews themselves.
We may need to change some of our tactics in overcoming evil, and in not letting evil overcome God’s children.
The world needs us desperately now. We are meant for love.
The invitation to the kingdom, like some of the best invitations, might come as a surprise to many of us.