Lectio, 31 October 2010
“In order to see Jesus, Zacchaeus ran on ahead, then climbed a sycamore tree that was long the route.” Lk 19:4 What’s your sycamore tree? Do you do whatever it takes to see Jesus or to acknowledge Jesus in your life? What’s your sycamore tree - what do you need to climb or conquer or simply DO to bring Jesus more fully into your life?
Lectio, 29 October 2010
“If one of you has a child… and it falls into a pit, won’t you rescue it immediately, even on the Sabbath day?” What would you be able to do if you didn’t have the Law in your way? Would you welcome someone to church? Into your home? Would you feel like you could love someone fully, without reserve? What would your life be like if you lived fully in the Spirit?
Lectio, 28 October 2010
“… He summoned the disciples and picked out twelve of them, whom he named as apostles.” Lk 6:13 Guess what? Jesus chose 12 apostles from among the disciples, but that didn’t mean the disciples weren’t important, too! Today we celebrate St Simon and St Jude, it’s true. But let’s also remember the disciples - the followers - who aren’t listed in the...
Lectio, 27 October 2010
“Give your service willingly, doing it for Christ rather than for mortals.” Eph 6:7 This verse is within a series of verses addressed to slaves and their masters, though my inclusive Bible says “workers” not slaves. We can look at this from two perspectives - serve God willingly, not for the sake of others acknowledging it, but for Christ alone. Or, serve others...
Lectio, 26 October 2010
“It’s like a mustard seed which a gardener took and planted in the garden. It grew and became a large shrub, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Lk 13:19 When I think of birds nesting, I often think of mama birds feeding their young. A place of nurture and learning. I love this image - the Kin-dom as a place of nurture and sanctuary. A place where we learn what we...
Lectio, 25 October 2010
“Come on those days to be healed, not on the sabbath.” Lk 13:14 Humans are always trying to put limits on God’s grace. We construct reasons for why someone cannot be included in our churches and in our lives. There are no limits to God’s grace, and God’s work always needs to be done. Imagine a world where our first priority was the freedom of grace in the Spirit and...
Lectio, 22 October 2010
“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is just?” Lk. 12:57 We can predict the weather, Jesus says, but we can’t judge in the present moment what is just. Why not? What prevents us from treating people fairly and with kindness, even when we know it is right? What prevents us from showing mercy and compassion, even though we know it is right?
Lectio, 21 October 2010
“… Being rooted and grounded in love, will be able to grasp fully the breadth, length, height and depth of Christ’s love…” Eph 3:17-18
Lectio, 19 October 2010
“For [Christ] is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart.” Eph 2:14 Whatever appears to divide us from our neighbor, Christ has resolved. It is our unwillingness to allow grace to touch our lives in such a radical way that it allows us to see Christ in every person, to show the Christ in us to every person. The walls between...
Lectio, 18 October 2010
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few…” Lk 10:2 What is the message Jesus is asking you to bring to the people you encounter today? Is it a message of peace? A message of healing? Of hope? We can show people the Kin-dom of God today with our love and kindness.
Lectio, 15 October 2010
“Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Lk 12:7
Lectio, 13 October 2010
“If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” Gal 5:18 We have the Law because we refuse to be guided by the Spirit. We have the Law because we are willful and choose to do the things which are not of love. If we live in the Spirit we don’t need the Law, because we know what is right and what is wrong in our very soul - not our heads.
Lectio, 11 October 2010
“…it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it…” Lk 29:30 Are you looking for a sign that you need to change something in your life? Perhaps just look around you - is there suffering you can help relieve? Is there pain you can prevent? Can you be more mindful of the presence of God in your life? We always need to change something - we always need to grow closer to the...
Lectio 5 October 2010
“… Only a few thngs are necessary - really only one…” Lk 10:42 It’s not that Martha wasn’t doing important things; I think it’s that her worry and distraction meant she was missing God’s presence in her very midst. Only one thing is necessary - to love God wholly. When we do thatN all of the other tasks find their place, relevant to our faith.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Even if you think they are a sinner, even if you don’t like their culture, even if they treat you poorly. Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. Everyone is your neighbor.