Comfort in the unknown

“As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.”  Matthew 17:22-23 The disciples didn’t want their time with Jesus to end.  Even…

Flower seller, Hanoi, Vietnam

We must all thrive

“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who…

A judgemental heart equals a detached heart

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”  Matthew 7:1-2 Two thoughts have struck a continuous drumbeat through my heart this week.  One comes from reading about judgement in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship…

Scout Lake below Mt Jefferson, Jefferson Park, Oregon

Resist evil

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your…

Man outside Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Do I pick and choose whom I will love?

“And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus, in love and compassion heals and restores.” Matthew 8:3 People with leprosy traditionally suffered banishment from family and neighbors but Jesus broke from the tradition and treated lepers with mercy, touching and healing them.…

A stumbling block

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me.  You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”  Matthew 16:23 Peter had just rebuked Jesus because of his prediction of his coming death and ressurection. I live in a “feel good”…