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  • MONDAY, December 11

    The first thing that caught my eye in this reading from Revelation was about reading the words of scripture aloud. I have tried to develop—without long-term success—the habit of praying aloud the Daily Offices or even reading scripture out loud.

    For me, the liturgy ....

  • SUNDAY, December 10     Advent 2

    This is the time of the year when my daughter becomes antsy. As the child of a deeply blended family, she celebrates Christmas six different ways. By December 10, she knows that the first extravaganza is about ten days away. She’ll wake up, run into my darkened bedroom, and shake me awake: “What....
  • SATURDAY, December 9

    Yesterday’s reading from Jude focused on the people who are distracting folks from the work of the church; today Jude tells us that our job is simple: “Build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord ....
  • FRIDAY, December 8

    For the next two days, the New Testament readings come from the letter of Jude, a twenty-five verse book with one main point—there are people among us not following Jesus. In today’s passage, Jude points out times in biblical history when God has taken action against the ungodly. He talks about ....
  • THURSDAY, December 7

    Today we hear Jesus speaking in the temple, telling the parable of the vineyard. The owner has leased his land to tenants to farm and give him a portion of the produce—a sharecropper arrangement. When the landowner sends slaves to retrieve the produce, the tenants kill them. This happens a second ....
  • WEDNESDAY, December 6

    Today our friend Peter talks about the struggle of staying faithful and patient when it seems like our hard work is for naught and nothing is changing in the world around us. I’d like to pretend that I don’t understand this feeling, but I can’t lie—I’m a person who will commit wholehearted....
  • TUESDAY, December 5

    Today’s gospel lesson contains one of my favorite anecdotes about Jesus—the cursing of the fig tree. Jesus has had a couple of frustrating days. He triumphantly enters Jerusalem only to visit the temple and find it being desecrated by commerce. Then the chief priests challenge him for healing bl....
  • MONDAY, December 4

    In his second pastoral letter, Peter lays out a support system for our faith. He maintains that faith is supported by goodness—goodness supported by knowledge, knowledge by self-control, self-control by endurance, endurance by godliness, godliness by mutual affection, and mutual affection supporte....
  • SUNDAY, December 3      Advent 1

    I love the Advent season for its penitential focus on patience and glorious resolution. I do not, however, particularly enjoy being told to beware on the first Sunday of Advent. Beware! This warning seems scary—and perhaps it’s meant to be.

    Jesus goes on to tell us t....

  • SATURDAY, December 2

    Today’s story from Matthew features two blind men waiting to be healed. When they hear that Jesus is walking by, they begin shouting for attention. The crowds tell the men to be quiet, but this only makes the blind men scream louder. Their cries reach Jesus. “Moved with compassion,” he restore....
  • FRIDAY, December 1

    Children come out of the womb with their own personalities. From the day I was born, I was a kid who wanted to be the best. I have managed to temper some of this all-or-nothing spirit, but this tenacity is still inside me. So I completely understand the impulse of the mother of James and John asking....
  • THURSDAY, November 30     Saint Andrew, Apostle

    Followers of Jesus pass on the good news every day in sincere conversations and acts of common decency. Caring enough to listen compassionately to someone else’s pain, grief, or remorse can convey the message of grace and new life more profoundly than words we might speak.

  • WEDNESDAY, November 29

    God makes a place holy by being tangibly present in that place. Similarly, the divine presence makes us holy. Jesus explains to us that our treatment of even the most off-putting, sketchy person is our treatment of him. In Jesus, God shows up in the entire spectrum of human life and experience, imbu....
  • TUESDAY, November 28

    One of my seminary professors said something like this: “I used to be perfect, and I felt miserable all the time. Then I went to therapy. Now I’m a mess, but I’m really happy.” Hearing those words from a person I deeply respected felt like lifting a brick off my head. I realized that my teac....
  • MONDAY, November 27

    We don’t talk about idolatry much these days, but this ancient practice is still very common. We slip into idolatry any time we put something in the place that only God can rightly occupy.

    There are many good things in this life: family, work, and possessions. But thes....

  • SUNDAY, November 26     Last Sunday of Pentecost

    The lessons today focus especially on the idea of Jesus Christ as king of the universe. Jesus reigns over the stars of the Milky Way and the fire ants invading my backyard.

    Right here on Earth, people go hungry, children sleep under bridges, and powerful people exploit t....

  • SATURDAY, November 25

    After the guards searched our guitar cases, we followed them into a makeshift chapel. From the windows, we looked beyond the massive fence and the coils of razor wire, looking out instead of in.

    We entered prison by choice, but the people who resided here had not. We woul....

  • FRIDAY, November 24

    In 1927 the British philosopher Bertrand Russell delivered a famous lecture entitled “Why I Am Not a Christian.” As a philosophy teacher, I often taught Russell’s arguments alongside proofs for God’s existence provided by Saint Anselm and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

    My....

  • THURSDAY, November 23      Thanksgiving Day (USA)

    We were sleeping on benches in a French train station. Our train didn’t leave for another four hours, so I was guarding our backpacks while my companions dozed.

    A man wearing shabby, ill-fitting clothes sat by me. Weeks of grime discolored his coat, and his hands were v....

  • WEDNESDAY, November 22

    My wife and I were in the process of selling our house, moving to Tennessee, and beginning seminary. “We’ve got to take the swing set,” she said. Taking it was unrealistic, but it was a symbol of our family life that had been rich, full, and comfortable. Finally, we let the swing set go.

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