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  • FRIDAY, October 19

    When Jesus prays, momentous things occur. After Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit descends on him while he prays (Luke 3:21-22); Jesus selects the twelve apostles after an entire night spent in prayer (6:12-16); and Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah takes place within the context of Jesus....
  • THURSDAY, October 18     Saint Luke, Evangelist

    My doctor and I are not friends, but we need each other. I need her care to maintain good health, and she needs me to support her practice. I do not know whether my doctor is a person of faith, but she is a member of God’s community of healers.

    Many scholars believe that Saint Luke wa....

  • WEDNESDAY, October 17

    The man and woman knocking on my door were extremely polite. They seemed nonthreatening, so I invited them in. Seated at my dining table, they spread out their colorful and well-designed literature about the Bible and Jesus Christ. We were Christians with differing views about our faith and divergen....
  • TUESDAY, October 16

    I can barely read or listen to the news these days. Why does God seem to be missing in action? The poor keep taking it on the chin, but God seems far away and out of earshot of the cries.

    And then I remember that in the sweep of human history and in my own life, evil has never had the l....

  • MONDAY, October 15

    He was filthy. One shoeless foot was blackened and thickly callused. He barked incoherent utterances. A woman exiting the train gave him an unopened bag of chips. “Thank you, and God bless you,” he said. For a moment, this subway demoniac was “made whole.”

    Demons cause self-dest....

  • SUNDAY, October 14     21 Pentecost

    Do we own our possessions or do they own us?

    Contrasted with his other calls to discipleship where Jesus simply says, “Come after me,” or “Follow me,” his call to the rich man to give up his wealth shocks us as much as it shocks the rich man. For two cultures where wealth is und....

  • SATURDAY, October 13

    We tend to forget that we are dust, mere mortals, puffs of wind, and passing shadows. For all of our grand plans and mighty deeds, each of us is, in the words of Macbeth, “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.” 

    Or are we? We are “....

  • FRIDAY, October 12

    What kind of terrain is the soil of my heart? I like to believe it is good soil into which the seeds of Jesus’ love fall, germinate, receive ample light and air and nourishment, and produce a hundredfold harvest. But when I am not kidding myself and acknowledge the greedy birds of distractedness, ....
  • THURSDAY, October 11

    Jesus reassured his disciples and followers that he was not intent on destroying the law or the prophets but rather had come to fulfill them. Now Paul, standing before the Roman governor, must also convince the powers that be that the Way is not a cult and he has not abandoned the God of Israel. Pau....
  • WEDNESDAY, October 10

    I remember when we used to wait for things—for a handwritten letter, for photos to be developed, for the busy signal on the landline to stop chiming. In this current climate of instant gratification, we can get what we want with startling immediacy. The idea of waiting seems archaic.

    ....

  • TUESDAY, October 9

    In this dramatic scene, we are presented with Jesus as zoopoieo, a Greek word meaning “life-maker.” These time-stopping moments in the gospel accounts underscore Jesus’ most compelling attribute: his power to restore life to what is dead.

    In Jesus’ time, slaves and wido....

  • MONDAY, October 8

    I caught one of my students cheating on a test. She had been struggling for a long time, barely passing the class. Driven by desperation, she took a chance and lost. Recalling my own failing math grade in high school, I understood my student’s anguish. Together with my department chair, the studen....
  • SUNDAY, October 7     20 Pentecost

    Every Christmas Eve, my rector would tell the story of Jesus’ nativity as experienced by the animals in the manger. A gaggle of small children, attired in their Christmas finery, sat around the rector, enraptured as they listened to various animal sounds and everyone’s favorite part about the ca....
  • SATURDAY, October 6

    Martin Luther King advised those who wanted to participate in civil rights marches and lunch counter sit-ins: “If you can’t be nonviolent, don’t get in it.” Flesh-shredding water from fire hoses, snarling police dogs, and cigarette burns would test the resolve of those confronting r....
  • FRIDAY, October 5

    “Flattery is all right—so long as you don’t inhale,” said former United Nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson II. We all like to receive praise—performers, artists, and writers thrive on it; students and employees need—and benefit—from it. We feel dejected when praise is withheld.

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  • THURSDAY, October 4

    For the ancient Israelites, expressing love for God is the top priority of their personal and public lives. The laws, including those about offerings and sacrifices, form the basis for expressing love for God. But the Israelites begin to worship other gods while continuing the ritual sacrifices, and....
  • WEDNESDAY, October 3

    As in our own context, tax collectors in ancient Judea get no respect. Seen as traitors, tax collectors in Jesus’ context—especially those who are Jews—are working for the Romans. Their communities feel that they are collaborating with the Roman occupation. The Pharisees lump tax collectors wi....
  • TUESDAY, October 2

    As I write this reflection, our nation is roiled and riven by contentious debate over certain Civil War-era statues in public parks and government offices. Some feel the statues should be destroyed and consigned to the scrap heaps of history. Others would like to see them placed in museums. Voices o....
  • MONDAY, October 1

    Paul has just told the elders in Ephesus that he is “captive to the spirit” and has no idea what will happen to him once he arrives in Jerusalem. Further, Paul said that he does not value his own life: He only wants to testify to the good news of God in Christ. 

    I admire Paul’s s....

  • SUNDAY, September 30     19 Pentecost

    In college, I heard about people joining Christian accountability groups. I later found out that some of these groups were really friends self-reporting their sinful behaviors—swearing, drinking, sex and lustful thoughts—but without an accountability or expectation of change. This sort of small ....

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