Leslie Scoopmire

Sight and Touch

Sight and Touch

“In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we see one of the most astounding perception-shifting passages in the Bible, and that is saying something. Jesus has been hinting to the disciples that he is more than what he seems to be, but they don’t get it. And let’s be fair—why should they? There certainly hasn’t been anyone like Jesus before.”

Whom Should I Fear?

Whom Should I Fear?

“If you read between the lines, however, it seems that the psalmist actually feels threatened and endangered, and is trying to build up his own confidence by giving himself a pep talk to remind himself that there is nothing to fear. Language about being endangered and afraid is implied in every verse. The psalmist seems to be screwing up his courage in the face of some sort of terror.”

Come and See

Come and See

“Come and see” is not a command for the world to come to us—and that’s not how our peripatetic teacher and Savior, Jesus from no-account Nazareth, operated, either. “Come and see” calls us ourselves to be swept up in the unbounded vista of God’s saving love, for only in embracing the mystery of God’s love can we truly dare to share with others the wonders of grace and truth.

The Turning

The Turning

“It’s the turning of a new year. It’s the turning of a new decade, on a gorgeous blue planet turning on its axis while turning from the winter solstice toward lengthening days as we travel around the sun. It’s no surprise, then, that this is a time of year for us to consider turning in our own lives.”

Root and Sprout

Root and Sprout

“This tree preaches resurrection as quietly as resolutely as can be. Our redbud is a marvelous reminder of the wisdom of waiting, of watching, of being alert to the subtle signs of life that can suddenly come into focus before our eyes even in the dead of winter, the same beautiful message encapsulated by the season of Advent.”

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