Jesus prays for us. I suppose it should not be surprising that this is how Jesus chose to spend his quickly dwindling time. And, yet, it is incredibly humbling to sit with this knowledge.
How is it that five barley loaves and two fish were enough food to fill 5,000 people? And, there were leftovers! How is it then that with all of the resources in the world, so many people are starving?
We don’t really know that much about Joseph and I wonder if that causes us to give him the short end of the stick. Yet, the imagery of a loving father that Jesus uses to talk about God implies that Joseph played an important role in his formation. The way in which Joseph participates in the Incarnation suggests that perhaps we all have a role in birthing God into the world.
Normally, I find great comfort in the cluelessness of Jesus’ disciples. I find it reassuring to note that even those who had the privilege of journeying with Jesus during his life so often missed the point. However, this is one of the few moments in the Gospel where I find the message of the disciples just as poignant as that of Jesus.
It’s been my experience that many of us don’t really like change. Change is hard, even for Jesus. But, when our hour of change comes, Jesus is there with us to help us through.
I don’t find the connection between suffering and blessing that Jesus makes in the Beatitudes very comforting. However, he seems to be getting at something deeper that the beatitudes regularly posted to social media are missing.
“But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.” (Mark 9:32)
Acting on faith doesn’t always mean hoping for the best. It might mean preparing for the worst.
God’s presence doesn’t always give us security, but it does offer us shade.
For some of God’s people, a crowded land is a hope fulfilled, a dream come true.
On this Feast of Stephen, we celebrate not only the first Christian martyr, but the first deacons.
Our gospel today describes a common controversy: what to name the baby.
The faith of those who, like Thomas, saw Jesus in his lifetime goes only so far.
Sometimes a millennium takes longer to wait for than to live through.
For Christmas this year, consider getting God some better tools.