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  • WEDNESDAY, July 1

    It’s hard to take time out to feel our feelings, to take that deep breath and second thought, to not cartwheel from one emotion to the next during the course of a day. There are things to be done—actual tasks with measurable results that must be completed. How are we supposed to know how to call....
  • TUESDAY, June 30

    The Simon of this passage is Simon the magician, who amazed the people of Samaria with his spectacular magic tricks. After he hung around for awhile with Philip (one of the apostles who had escaped persecution in Jerusalem and was preaching the Good News and healing people in Samaria), Simon himself....
  • MONDAY, June 29   Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles (tr)

    What is love if it is not nourishing? What is love if it does not bear fruit? What is love if it does not give life?

    Peter stood around a charcoal fire and denied knowing Jesus three times. After the resurrection, Jesus cooked a wonderful breakfast on the beach and sat dow....

  • SUNDAY, June 28   5 Pentecost

    Too often I think I know. I think I know what God wants. I think I know what is going on. I think I know how things are. So often, I am wrong.

    God’s work is about bringing wholeness out of brokenness, bringing joy out of sorrow, bringing life out of death. But I am likel....

  • SATURDAY, June 27

    I have known people who fall asleep when faced with difficulty or conflict. They seem to shut themselves down to fend off what they dread. So this scene in the Mount of Olives seems natural to me. The disciples knew something awful was happening. and they just shut themselves down. This may not look....
  • FRIDAY, June 26

    Jesus prayed that Simon Peter would have strength in the time of intense trial, and at the same time Jesus knew that Peter would not be able to withstand that trial. But Jesus did not accuse him; he simply said that he knew after Peter had failed that Peter would turn back and would be able to give ....
  • THURSDAY, June 25

    I like to get good grades and do things well, so I can completely imagine myself in the scene at the Last Supper when the disciples were arguing about which one of them was the greatest. I can see myself raising my hand to Jesus, wiggling in my seat and saying, “Pick me! Pick me!”

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  • WEDNESDAY, June 24   Nativity of John the Baptist

    The birth of John the Baptist ends Elizabeth’s decades of barrenness, and Zechariah’s nine-month period of enforced silence. With the rush of birth-water, this mystic and prophet is loosed on the world, and the Angel Gabriel loosens the tongue of Zechariah to speak his son’s name.

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  • TUESDAY, June 23

    Judas wanted to find a time to betray Jesus when no crowd was present, when there would be few to stand up for Jesus, to stand against the temple authorities. We might call this cowardly, or we might call it shrewd. Either way, Judas knew that his plan would work best if there were few people to opp....
  • MONDAY, June 22

    Early in the Book of Acts, the healing of huge numbers of people continued just as it did when Jesus was walking and working in Palestine. New converts sought out and brought the sick and tormented to the apostles to be healed.

    Today, we worry about being intrusive or ove....

  • SUNDAY, June 21   4 Pentecost

    It has been said, and I double checked to make sure it is true, that “Fear not!” appears in the Bible more than 365 times. That’s worth remembering every day, all year.

    Today, however, Jesus takes it up a notch. He asks why we are afraid. Jesus wonders why his discip....

  • SATURDAY, June 20

    What a concept: to stand up tall instead of cowering when the terrible things Jesus says are coming begin to take place! He speaks of the destruction of Jerusalem, cosmic disturbances, and things difficult for our twenty-first-century selves to imagine or understand.

    What....

  • FRIDAY, June 19

    I admire these first converts. I admire that they so quickly asked how to make things right after being told how wrong they had been.

    I sometimes imagine that I was in the crowd that heard Peter speaking passionately about Jesus and telling us how we wrong we had been abou....

  • THURSDAY, June 18

    There are always countries bombing other countries. People are dying all over the world, not just from bombings or shootings—people die from hunger, disease, and plain old loneliness. Death is a constant companion in our world, and this is a sobering fact.

    Peter reminds ....

  • WEDNESDAY, June 17

    The Sadducees, a group within Judaism, did not believe in resurrection. So they brought to Jesus a scenario aimed at undermining his credibility. If seven men have been married to the same woman, they ask, whose wife will she be in the resurrection?

    They took something mys....

  • TUESDAY, June 16

    We have a farmers market at our church every Saturday morning. What goes on behind the scenes to fill the tables with fruits and vegetables and breads and eggs and dairy products and meats is pretty much miraculous to me. I’m not much of a farmer myself. But I can go out my back door, walk into th....
  • MONDAY, June 15

    After Jesus was raised from the dead, he showed himself to his apostles, and the first thing they asked was whether this was finally the time when he was going to overthrow the Romans. The author of Acts does not record Jesus laughing or shaking his head in disbelief, but he must have done both. Aft....
  • SUNDAY, June 14   3 Pentecost

    When I was a young girl, mustard seed necklaces were popular. Wearing such a necklace was like wearing a cross, only a little cooler. It identified the wearer as a Christian, and the seed reminded all who saw it of the parable of the mustard seed.

    What I love about the par....

  • SATURDAY, June 13

    Caleb was the companion of Joshua, and they were the only Israelites rescued from Egypt who were allowed to enter into the Promised Land after the forty years in the wilderness. Joshua and Caleb first spied the land and then led the people across the Jordan and into Canaan, the land of milk and hone....
  • FRIDAY, June 12

    When was the last time you were spellbound by something you were hearing? When was the last time you were spellbound by hearing the Good News?

    Some of us are a little jaded, having heard certain Bible stories or certain verses so many times that we no longer note the urge....

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