Sunday Scripture
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If asked to sum up Christianity in a single word, what would you say? Answers that come to my mind are “Jesus” and “love.” If we look at the question in terms of the goal of Christian life, … more
What is your image of God? How do you envision God as you pray and reflect on God’s word? Has your childhood image of God developed into a deeper understanding of who God is and who you are in … more
Sometimes when I submit my thoughts on the Scripture readings to the editor, she sends back an email asking me to supply a “reflection starter.” I don’t think she’ll make that request this … more
Some 40 years ago, Daniel Everett mastered what is perhaps one of the only human languages with no descriptive words for colors, past or future, and, most amazingly, with no words to express … more
In our society, “good Samaritan” is a familiar phrase. There are “Good Samaritan” laws and Good Samaritan hospitals. In Jewish society in first-century Palestine, “good” was not the … more
“Increase our faith,” the apostles say to Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel. Their request to Jesus becomes our prayer as we contemplate God’s word today. Once the disciples meet Jesus, their … more
Today’s Gospel consists of a parable by Jesus. Before saying anything about it, I’d like to tell a parable of my own. In a certain city, there was a nonprofit organization that worked to … more
“You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.” “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: Put second … more
Today’s first reading and Gospel both illustrate God’s mercy. In the first, God shows himself willing to forgive the Israelites for worshipping a golden statue of a bull, in clear violation of … more
“Chariots of Fire” is the Oscar-winning movie that told the story of Eric Liddell, the Olympic gold medalist raised in Scotland. Liddell was born in China into a family of Christian missionaries. … more
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