The Day of the Lord – to be feared? To be desired? In today’s gospel, Jesus addresses his disciples privately; this is not a public teaching of Jesus. He tells the disciples a story about great treasure. It is one of three stories he tells them to prepare them for the day he wouldn’t be…
We are all saints. It is not just the dead who qualify as saints. It is every Christian, those dead and those still living. We are all the saints, just as those who are clothed in white, standing before the throne of God, singing God’s praises, worshipping God together.
Martin Luther [hold up photo of MLKing, Jr] – no. Martin Luther [hold up picture of Martin Luther] – yes. Martin Luther was a good monk. He prayed. He worshipped numerous times each day. He studied his Bible. He confessed his sins. A lot.
We have a heavenly Parent who has provided for us. And for the world. In the Psalm we prayed, “May God’s face shine upon us, that Your way may be known upon earth, and your saving power among all nations.” The psalmist knew that when God’s face shined, blessings abounded.
The word “gospel” means “good news.” But today’s gospel does not sound like good news. The parable in this gospel features murders and retribution in the middle and ends with a wedding guest being kicked out of the banquet into “the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” To get the…
Not every humbling may be God’s will. I think of the humbling of those who have survived the recent hurricanes. They have been humbled, losing homes, belongings; roads, water, and power. But sometimes God does bring about the humbling. Like the humbling of the vineyard in the first reading, with the walls torn down by…
God provides what we need ~ including storms and shade that lasts not long at all.
Jesus doesn’t command us to follow him to financial wealth and material riches. Jesus commands us to follow him as we carry our cross. Our own cross. The cross, a device of death. This taking up our cross and following Jesus carries with it certain implications.
Isaiah reminds the exiled Israelites that they were hewn from rock. Dug from a quarry. The rock and the quarry that is God. The Israelites in exile have God’s strength. God’s toughness.
The events of this week and the reaction of Jesus to the Canaanite woman prompt the question, who is worthy of God’s care?