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  • FRIDAY, February 23

    Jesus can’t win for losing. On the one hand, people condemn the austerity of John the Baptist, who forgoes bread and wine. And on the other hand, they criticize Jesus for his alleged indulgences of eating and drinking, even with tax collectors and sinners. How can he even begin to satisfy such a c....
  • THURSDAY, February 22

    Practicing the golden rule can be hard—just ask my sisters.

    In this portion of Luke, Jesus takes the golden rule to the next level by telling us not only to treat others as we want to be treated but also to treat them better than they treat us. He wants us to love our ....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 21

    The Gospel of Matthew offers us a more familiar text of the beatitudes—blessings, really—that express a new type of teaching, a faith of compassion and mercy. Luke’s version is a bit more direct than Matthew’s—he adds the “woes” to the beatitudes. Not only are the poor blessed, but the....
  • TUESDAY, February 20

    The doctor ordered me to the hospital in the thirty-second week of my pregnancy, forbidding me from standing or walking unless I needed the bathroom.

    I wasn’t ready for bed rest. I still had to finish the nursery, wash baby clothes, and wrap up things at work. I hadn....

  • MONDAY, February 19

    I’m not a fan of fishing: threading a worm on the hook, swatting mosquitos, watching for the bob of a line. Then—if you’re lucky—there’s clutching the fish with one hand and maneuvering the hook from its mouth, followed by gutting and scaling. Yuck. It makes me shudder just to write about ....
  • SUNDAY, February 18     1 Lent

    In journalistic writing, there’s a convention known as a “nut graph.” This is reporter/editor slang for the heart of the story—the essence. For me, these two verses from Luke are the nut graph of the whole gospel.

    Jesus has come to bring good news to the poor, to....

  • SATURDAY, February 17

    Not everyone believes in Satan. But I do.

    Satan is at work whenever and wherever hopelessness abounds, when weeping and weariness appear to have no end. And sometimes, Satan puts on a full-court press, repeatedly attacking a group or community.

    <....
  • FRIDAY, February 16

    Back in the prologue, Luke tells us that his words will reveal truth. His attention to detail and commitment to the full story of our Savior roots Jesus in a fully human identity, recalling his lineage from Joseph, all the way back to Adam, and to God the Father and creator of all.

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  • THURSDAY, February 15

    John is no shrinking violet, mincer of words, or sufferer of fools. He calls the people coming to be baptized a “brood of vipers.” Definitely not the Carnegie method of winning friends and influencing people.

    Despite John’s strange ways—and make no mistake, even b....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 14     Ash Wednesday

    Can you imagine how Mary and Joseph must have fretted, looking everywhere for their son? I bet Luke didn’t record the full conversation between Jesus and his parents after they found him. They probably dragged him out of the temple by his ear and gave him a tongue-lashing. But Luke tells us only t....
  • TUESDAY, February 13

    You have probably heard these words dozens of times. Perhaps you were a shepherd clad in an ill-fitting sheet or a young Mary holding a burlap-wrapped baby doll. Maybe, propped on elbows on the family room floor, you watched an earnest Linus tell Charlie Brown—and us—what Christmas is all about.....
  • MONDAY, February 12

    Time and again in scripture, God uses names to set people apart for holy work. Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Saul to Paul—outward signs of inner transformations.

    It is small wonder then that an angel of God instructs Zechariah on the name of his unexpected child. Wh....

  • SUNDAY, February 11     Last Sunday after Epiphany

    Who is this most excellent Theophilus? Whom is Luke addressing? Tradition and scholarship hold mixed opinions: Theophilus might be a Roman official, a benefactor of Luke and Paul, or a Jewish high priest.

    There is also the opinion that Theophilus is a stand-in for all Chr....

  • SATURDAY, February 10

    Before meeting us at the gate of the refugee center, Mohammad was sent away from his home by parents who loved him. Certain their 17-year-old son would be conscripted into the Syrian civil war, his parents sold their family land to pay for his passage by plane, boat, train, and foot. This young man....
  • FRIDAY, February 9

    Whether you’re feeling steady or on the brink, take this day to honor as Sabbath—a time holy and set apart for rest and reflection.

    On Sunday, we will begin our journey together through the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

    We invite y....

  • THURSDAY, February 8

    On the Monday after Michael died, the Forward Movement staff gathered at the conference table as we always do at 10 a.m. We read the meditation from Forward Day by Day. Normally we pray for specific requests sent to our online prayer chapel from around the world. I suggested that on this da....
  • WEDNESDAY, February 7

    The Southern phrase “…bless your heart,” is a suffix for faux politeness: “He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, bless his heart.” Or “That outfit is an interesting choice, bless her heart.” The phrase offers insulation from direct insults.

    I have h....

  • TUESDAY, February 6

    Maybe he’s collecting himself, like pretending to point out an interesting view when you’re out of breath on a walk. Maybe Jesus kneels and writes a note to God: Do I really have to deal with these jerks? Maybe he traces some text-speak and an emoji that none of the elders understand, s....
  • MONDAY, February 5

    I am alone, bound and broken by the memory of his assault. And I am not alone, one of millions of women and men who have been touched, torn, and betrayed—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Healing from this kind of wound comes in fits and starts, and just when I think I’m over it, a certa....
  • SUNDAY, February 4     5 Epiphany

    I used to make fun of my mom for calling me the wrong name. Then I had children and pets and found myself hollering for the dog to unload the dishwasher and my son to go outside for a walk.

    If I can’t say the right names for two kids, a husband, a dog, and three cats, ....

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