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  • MONDAY, September 25

    In today’s New Testament reading, Paul isn’t too happy with the Corinthians. He says they have grown smug and arrogant, a trap many fall into when we have important knowledge that was difficult to obtain. We have all experienced a pompous physician, holier-than-thou priest, or know-it-all teache....
  • SUNDAY, September 24      16 Pentecost

    Today’s gospel lesson forces us to ask ourselves about what it means to be generous and to closely examine the line between being just and being merciful. Jesus reminds us to be generous with those we labor alongside.

    God chooses to bless us extravagantly, imprinting G....

  • SATURDAY, September 23

    We tend to cite Psalm 23 in times of death or difficulty as a place for solace and comfort. I wonder what we might learn if we looked at the psalm as an affirmation of life?

    My pastor once preached in a sermon that Christ loves us, not generally and abstractly, but speci....

  • FRIDAY, September 22

    It’s difficult to “let your light shine before others” if you have a hard time believing you have light to give. If you show a hint of breaking out of your shell, someone might say you’re “getting too big for your britches.”

    But Christ looks beyond our self-i....

  • THURSDAY, September 21      Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    A few years ago, our parish deacon, the Rev. Tom Mariconda, preached a moving sermon about service to those in need. Tom made the eloquent point: “There is no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ There is only ‘us,’ and we are all the Body of Christ.”

    God does not make meani....

  • WEDNESDAY, September 20

    Christ offers humble fishermen the spiritual journey of a lifetime. What does a spiritual journey look or feel like today? Sometimes my spiritual journey feels cool and confident, like I’m on a tour bus with my mates, zooming down the road and singing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” at the top of....
  • TUESDAY, September 19

    How big is God? The question itself can hardly be contained within the confines of our human minds. But if we can’t grasp the gravity and enormity of the question, what hope do we have of accessing the grace and love available to us?

    Fortunately for us, God, out of inf....

  • MONDAY, September 18

    When bad things happen and our enemies put up a fight, we may have a difficult time remembering that God is on our side. We might feel abandoned by God or fear that God has turned against us. But we have to remember that obedience and commitment to God’s work does not guarantee any of us protectio....
  • SUNDAY, September 17      15 Pentecost

    Agape is unconditional love—love that takes all our strength and energy to offer and to live into. When I’m challenged by forgiveness, wondering how I can become more forgiving and kind, the word agape comes to mind. I think forgiveness must spring from this unconditional, force-of-natu....
  • SATURDAY, September 16

    I believe that grace is love where love does not have to be, where there is no reason for love. I see grace in acts of affection that occur without explanation—just as the grace God bestows on us every minute of every day with every breath we take. Grace is the love, unconditional and whole, that ....
  • FRIDAY, September 15

    We ask for clean hearts, but do we make room for them? Sometimes we hold onto our unclean hearts by clinging to the wrongs, grudges, and disputes that have made us unclean in the first place. This clinging becomes a clot—a blockage—and we dam up our hearts with feelings of frustration, envy, res....
  • THURSDAY, September 14      Holy Cross Day

    One year during Lent, I asked myself, “How do I live more in the light?” In response I decided to give up television for the season. My question had been prompted when our pastor preached a sermon encouraging us to turn toward creative endeavors. Using my TV time seemed to be the best way to do ....
  • WEDNESDAY, September 13

    The other day, my son told me that his favorite story in the Bible is about the loaves and fishes miracle. I like that he focuses on messages of abundance and is open to the ever-flowing grace of Jesus. I also like to remind my son that in order for Jesus to offer what he has to give, we must begin ....
  • TUESDAY, September 12

    Paul seems to be telling the Christians in Philippi that there’s no such thing as a bad experience or even—dare I say it—bad publicity. Paul is suffering at the hands of the Romans yet he prefers to think of the good that has come of his suffering.

    Suffering can be....

  • MONDAY, September 11

    When things aren’t going well in my life, I tend to feel as though my heart shrinks. It feels pinched with envy and discontent. The only way to open it is with love. To me, the word “grace” means love—love even when there is no reason for love to exist, and forgiveness that is given without ....
  • SUNDAY, September 10      14 Pentecost

    When my son was around seven years old, he had a little book called One-Minute Devotions for Boys that he read in the mornings as I drove him to school. One morning he told me the devotional was called, “Love lasts.” When I asked him what he thought that meant, he simply said, “Love ....
  • SATURDAY, September 9

    What does it feel like to be forgiven? Is it like a weight lifted from the chest, a pathway cleared? Is it a soul-cleansing relief that makes us say, “Wow, I’m never going to do that again!” Do we feel forgiveness in our hearts and our bodies?

    In the vario....

  • FRIDAY, September 8

    Recall the biggest crush of your life—a celebrity, a teen idol from your younger days, a sports figure, your high school band director. Now, think about all the energy you poured into that crush. Remember what it felt like to be submerged in that wild, mysteriously satisfying emotion. This feeling....
  • THURSDAY, September 7

    I am often amused by how much we praise God’s greatness while at the same time pigeonholing God into the narrowness of our very human expectations and imaginations. We expect God to do our bidding, in our time frame, and in the way we define as “good.” We are so much more interested in God act....
  • WEDNESDAY, September 6

    We are what we speak. I don’t like using the word “hate” in front of my son—not even to say “I hate oysters,” or some other similar, seemingly innocuous object of my disdain. He repeats things, and I don’t want him to say to a friend, “My mama hates oysters.” He would be perpetuati....

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