Advent, Day 3: E'en So, Lord Jesus
Thank you, Beth, for the contribution!
Lectio, 30 November 2010: St. Andrew's Day
“These are God’s chosen ones, and grace and mercy belong to them.” Wisdom 3:9b Today is the feast of St. Andrew, the First Chosen. The reading from Wisdom today (read the whole passage here) is such an encouragement to me. Not because I believe I’m particularly persecuted, but simply because sometimes in the day to day life of a follower of Christ there are trials. One of...
Advent, Day 2
Lectio, 29 November 2010
“The truth is, ‘I have found no one in Israel with such great faith.’ ” Lk 8:10 What causes this centurion - a pagan, a foreigner - to believe that Jesus will heal is attendant? What makes him believe so absolutely that Jesus can heal his servant simply by saying the words - no need to see or touch him?
Advent, Day 1
It’s the first Sunday of Advent! Then the glory of Adonai will be revealed, and all humankind will see it.” Isaiah 40:5 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Chris Tomlin featuring Christy Nockels Soon and Very Soon featuring Andrae Crouch and CeCe Winans from Gaither Homecoming
Lectio, 26 November 2010
“The heavens and the earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Lk 21:33 God is not the Velveteen Rabbit. Or the Polar Express. Or Never-Never Land. God is not something that only exists if we believe. God is not made real by our belief. God Is. God endures through all things, through all times, through all circumstance. Creation itself could fade away and yet God will...
Lectio, Thanksgiving 2010
“I continually thank my God for you because of the gift bestowed on you in Christ Jesus…” I Cor. 1:4a Paul is talking the the church in Corinth. The whole church. Every single person in the community, from the person who volunteers for everything to the child who cries through the service. From the person who grew up at that church, to the person who only comes on Christmas....
Lectio, 24 November 2010
“Shout to he Most High, all the earth, break into joyous songs of praise! Sing praise to God with the harp, with the harp and melodious singing!” Ps 98:4-5 Tell me you don’t want to go this church and do this:
Lectio, 23 November 2010
“God is coming to rule the world with justice and its people with truth!” Ps. 96:13 This part of the lectionary is always hard. It’s always apocalyptic texts. It can be discouraging and frightening - especially if, like me, you saw news on twitter this morning about North Korea firing on South Korea, and the first text you hear is “Nation will rise against nation, and...
Lectio, 19 November 2010
“… the entire population was listening and hanging onto his every word.” Lk 19:48 I wonder what it was about Jesus that made people want to listen to him. Was it simply the words he said? Was it the way he said them? Did he have a presence about him? Was it something about his eyes?
Lectio, 18 November 2010
“Sing to the Lord a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful.” Ps 149:1 Since many of the readings this week are from Revelation, I thought today I’d share one of my favorite songs - Revelation Song by Phillips, Craig and Dean
Lectio, 16 November 2010
“Whoever has ears to hear, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev 3:6
Lectio, 12 November 2010
“They are and drank, they took husbands and wives, right up to the day Noah entered the ark - and when the flood came, it destroyed them all.” Lk 17:26-27 I think that Jesus uses really dramatic imagery hereto make a simple point: life in the Reign of God is not about doing the same-old, same-old day in, day-out. The Reign of God is all around us, right now, and we’ve got to...
Lectio, 11 November 2010
“Jesus replied, ‘The reign of God doesn’t come in a visible way. You can’t say ‘See, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ No — look: the reign of God is already in your midst.” Lk 17:20-21 It is my prayer not that I will see the reign of God around me, but that others might see the reign of God through me. May I be a means of justice and peace...
Lectio, 10 November 2010
“Jesus replied, ‘Weren’t all ten made whole? Where are the other nine? Was there no one to return and give thanks except this foreigner?” Lk 17:17-18 Ten were healed, only one returned to give thanks. The other nine, though, were doing exactly what Jesus told them to do - they (presumably) were going to show themselves to the priest. Our lesson - even when we are...
Lectio, 8 November 2010
“If your sisters or brothers do wrong, correct them. If they repent, forgive them. If they sin seven times a day, and seven times a day turn back to you saying, “I’m sorry”, forgive them.” Lk 17:3-4 Truthfully, I don’t have a problem forgiving people who are sorry. It’s the people who do wrong who don’t say they are sorry that get me all bothered!...
Lectio, 15 November 2010
“This person welcomes sinners and eats with them!” Lk 15:2 Here’s a challenge - welcoming into your life the people you think are sinners. The ones who don’t agree with you ideologically, politically, theologically. The ones who get on your nerves or are downright mean to you. The ones you think, “How can they call themselves a Christian?” Trust God’s...
Lectio, 3 November 2010
“So count the cost. You can’t be my disciple if you don’t say goodbye to all of your possessions.” Lk 14:33 Is there something you are holding onto that is keeping you from following Jesus wholly and completely? I find that these are the “Yeah, buts”. You know, the things where we LOVE the idea of giving up everything for God, and then we think, “Yeah,...
Lectio, 1 November 2010 ALL SAINTS DAY
“See what love Abba God has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children!” 1 Jn 3:1 We are beloved Creations of God, in Communion with the Great Cloud of Witnesses! A PRAYER FOR ALL SAINTS DAY - from the Gothic Missal Almighty and Everlasting God, who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints, grant unto us the same faith and power of love; ...