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  • WEDNESDAY, June 29     Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

    A work dearly and deeply held within the heart of God is healing. But healing is needed on many different levels across the whole of creation. We need physicians and counselors, but we also need those who are called to help heal cultures and societies. We need ecological healers so that we can learn....
  • TUESDAY, June 28

    Walk into any major bookstore in the United States, and you will find shelves of books devoted to finding the formula for success—how to be a winner, how to charm that special someone, how to make a stack of cash, or how to score that perfect job. If you search online, the choices for instructions....
  • MONDAY, June 27

    The body is not inherently evil, but we all have habits and compulsive reactions that happen without our conscious reflection: anger, fear, irritation, or a quick and biting comment. If we pay close enough attention, we may notice these negative reactions can often be felt physically before they bub....
  • SUNDAY, June 26       6 Pentecost

    Imagine that you are dreaming, and in this dream you see a hot pan heating on a kitchen stove. In walks a man who grabs the hot pan with both hands. It burns him, and you want to scream at him to put it down, but you can’t. You watch, horrified, as he keeps holding on. Why won’t he let it go? Th....
  • SATURDAY, June 25

    I experienced a spiritual awakening in my late twenties. I was listening to the words of a very wise spiritual teacher, words that still ring true and have stayed with me for over a decade. Walking the spiritual path, he said, is the unfolding of our attempts to be faithful to our awakened hearts. A....
  • FRIDAY, June 24      The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

    Some of my most significant spiritual experiences have taken place in the wilderness. For prophets like John the Baptist, living in the wild meant severe sacrifice and extreme limitation. But the brutal existence was part of the point for John. It has also become part of the point for me: When thing....
  • THURSDAY, June 23

    In today’s gospel reading, Jesus emphasizes one thing over and over: Greatness is found in serving others. This emerging community of faithful followers must not be a hierarchy of control and power.

    What does it take to become a slave to others? I wonder about this bec....

  • WEDNESDAY, June 22

    For a good deal of my adult life, I have been averse to law. At the same time, I want stability just like everyone else. There’s something comforting in the idea of a law that never changes. Deep in our bones we feel how tenuous life is—there has to be something permanent and unchanging in this ....
  • TUESDAY, June 21

    The burden of wealth can be heavy to the spirit. Many in my culture are starting to understand this, but embracing this teaching of Jesus is a very slow process. The deceptive nature of wealth has deep roots.

    We confuse material riches with spiritual blessings. It is har....

  • MONDAY, June 20

    Jesus cuts to the heart of the matter: Sell your stuff, empty yourself of possessions, and dedicate yourself completely to following and learning. The young man rejects the offer—saddened, he cannot take the next step.

    When I was very young, I would spend many hours pla....

  • SUNDAY, June 19      5 Pentecost

    This dramatic and powerful story from Luke follows an extended teaching on spiritual growth. Jesus tells a parable of how some seeds grow and flourish while others do not. Thorns choke some of the seeds, others dry out, and some are carried away by birds and never take root. So it is with our spirit....
  • SATURDAY, June 18

    I have often worked on projects that were three to four months long. The key to success often lies in being able to put my whole self into the project but still not take it too personally. Such it is with life: How do we invest great amounts of energy into things without clinging so tightly to them?....
  • FRIDAY, June 17

    I live a fairly minimalistic life, but I have a few possessions that are particularly dear to me, like the fancy bike I saved up to buy last fall. It’s a great bike, and if you wrecked it, I’d have a hard time forgiving you. Could I picture forgiving you seven times for such an offense? With a g....
  • THURSDAY, June 16

    For Paul, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are signs of God bringing people together. God gets to the heart of reconciliation in the person of Jesus Christ. It was a radical concept then and seems doubly radical today.

    As God’s work expands to unite diverse h....

  • WEDNESDAY, June 15

    I have read that it is possible to train yourself to enjoy any food, no matter how distasteful you may find it. The key, they say, is repetition: If you eat the food a half dozen times, it will not taste so terrible anymore. Keep eating it another half dozen or so times, and you may find that the fl....
  • TUESDAY, June 14

    If you are like me, then there are probably things you read in the Bible that don’t seem quite right. There are human beings who continually manifest all sorts of bad behaviors, and there is God who responds in anger and in ways that leave the modern reader a bit incredulous.

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  • MONDAY, June 13

    I have had the privilege of exploring some of the great glaciers of the world. Glaciers are beautiful, but they are also powerful forces whose massive energy is hidden in plain view. Glaciers are patient. Give a glacier some time to work, and you get stunning, protected valleys and majestic mountain....
  • SUNDAY, June 12     4 Pentecost

    You can trap a monkey by putting a banana into a jar with an opening just big enough to reach in and grab the bait, but not wide enough for the monkey to pull his hand out while clasped around the food. This is a perfect metaphor for the human ego.

    Paul uses the term in ....

  • SATURDAY, June 11      Saint Barnabas, Apostle

    We see in Peter’s vision that God makes clean what has been considered unclean, things considered unclean for generations. The controversies in the church today over issues like homosexuality and dealing meaningfully with climate change are small potatoes when put up against the radical shifts occ....
  • FRIDAY, June 10

    We were not only stuck in a ditch, but we were also stuck deep in a snow bank. We should have pulled over to switch drivers. Pride (or the urge to finish the last stretch) kept me behind the wheel to conclude the last of the McCarthy Road, a treacherous sixty miles of snow and ice in bush Alaska.

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