We are simply seeking to imitate God’s love for us as manifested in Christ Jesus. So, remember: “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” … More Love Received, Love Shared
The narrative question behind the sixth chapter of the fourth gospel is: Do you have life within you? It’s an important enough theme that Jesus raises it nine times. Jesus repeats himself so many times in this one discourse, not because he is forgetful of what he has said, but because Jesus is mindful of our need to hear and of our hunger for life. The repetition is a way of getting our attention, of disturbing us, and waking us up to an invitation to examine the life we are living. … More Living Eucharistic Life
In the narrative of the feeding of the five thousand, the author of the fourth gospel present a Jesus who is upending the system of Empire. Jesus is completely dismantling the system of scarcity employed by the Empire as a means of control. Instead, Jesus is presented as the source of abundance, who provides and overwhelming abundance, enough for everyone to be filled and for there to be leftovers. … More From Scarcity to Abundance
The lesson for today in what is an otherwise “summary section:” practice Sabbath, show compassion, and be present! … More Practice Sabbath, Show Compassion, Be Present
Mark’s narrative begins with with an introduction of Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah and Son of God. Jesus began his ministry by proclaiming the kingdom of God is near, and continued by teaching, healing, and exorcising. Now, in a pinnacle moment of the gospel, Jesus delegates this same messianic, saving work to the disciples. … More Happy Founding of the Church Day!
Jesus challenges us today to look beyond our borders and our walls, to see beyond any of the myriad self-imposed lines that we draw: religion, denomination, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status – even the line of faith. God invites us to expand our family today in ways that are just as shocking as it was to Mark’s first-century audience.
We must be careful not to fall for the temptations of power, wealth, and lust that were a constant temptation to Israel and have always tempted humanity. For those who would name themselves Christian – that is, followers of Jesus the Christ – the challenge is to shift the allegiance away from the kingdoms and ideologies of this world unto the kingdom of God. We are invited to hold on to our hope in Christ – for justice, peace, and life – remaining strong against the repercussions that will come, staying faithful and refusing those “values” that don’t produce and demonstrate love. After all, to quote the Most Rev’d. Michael Curry, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.”
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