Jesus’ asks and answers a different, more fundamental question: “Who is being a neighbor?” In other words, Jesus wants to know which of the three acted like a neighbor to the man who was broken and bruised. Jesus’s storytelling turns the lawyer’s expectation on its head. Essentially, Jesus is completely disregarding the lawyer’s question. Jesus doesn’t want to make a list of neighbors! Instead, Jesus uses the parable to demonstrate a different paradigm: Instead of worrying about who is in and who is out on your list of neighbors, worry about how you are acting as a neighbor! … More Being Neighbor
No matter who might want to be the judge of who is in and who is out, God is ready to throw a massive party to celebrate every stupid sheep, every seemingly worthless coin, and every ingrate child that was lost but is found. God is always ready to welcome me home, whether or not I’m here for the right reasons. God is desperate to be in a relationship with everyone, but we can remain on the outside looking in because of our own expectations, prejudices, and lack of grace. … More Parable of the Gracious Father
Jesus’ mission continues today through each of us and all who are baptized into his mystical body. Jesus strives still to live out the mission: bringing good news to those who don’t have any, setting free those chained in captivity, opening blind eyes, helping the oppressed find a life, and announcing the year of God’s favor. … More The Spirit of the Lord is upon US!
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 lesson for today in what is an otherwise “summary section:” practice Sabbath, show compassion, and be present! … More Practice Sabbath, Show Compassion, Be Present
For this Love is the most powerful force in the world. Love that conquered death, rolled back the stone of oppression, injustice, and violence to bring us to new life and new hope in our risen, living Savior. Love that knocks at the doors of our hearts and asks to be allowed in. Love that is based on real peace and abundance for all. Love that calls us to act to heal our world in place of the violence that continues to wound it. Let’s step forward in faith and hope, seeking to embody the only law that matters– the Law of Love. … More The Law of Love