Scripture: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16 Matthew 11:25-27 Reflection: I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth… At first glance, this can be a confusing passage…hidden from wise; revealed to childlike; yes, your gracious will; no one knows; anyone the Son wishes to reveal….What…When…Where…How? » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 7:1-9 Matthew 11:20-24 Reflection: We typically think of Jesus offering warm words of encouragement and reassurance, soothing words of understanding and consolation. But not today. Instead of words that comfort and uplift, Jesus speaks harsh and threatening words, words of judgment and condemnation. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 1:10-17 Matthew 10:34-11:1 Reflection: Today’s Gospel seems in stark contrast with some of Jesus’ other sayings in Scripture. What does he mean when he says, “I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” (v.34) What about all the post-resurrection Gospel accounts » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 55:10-11 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 Reflection: My hope is that each person reading this is able to be more intensely conscious of God’s fertile Word always present with you and for you. What is God saying to us through Jesus’ parable of the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 14:2-10 Matthew 10:16-23 Reflection: Many years ago, I was teaching at a religious conference with a friend. She came to me distraught and relayed that without warning a very prominent man at the conference pinned her against a wall and forcibly kissed her » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 11:1-4, 8e-9 Matthew 10:7-15 Reflection: Missionaries Should Wear Diamond Rings Beginning yesterday we read for six days Matthew’s instruction on being a missionary. Jesus offers encouragement: “The gift you have received, give as a gift,” “When the hour comes you will be given » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 10:1-3,7-8,12 Matthew 10:1-7 Reflection: The Kingdom of Heaven is the Law of Love There is a spiritual battle in this world, and it is all about the law of love. It’s between the Lord’s way of life (poverty, humility, and service) and the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13 Matthew 9:32-38 Reflection: Two events in the last week make me wonder what this life business really all about. The first I was working in the courtyard of the condo where I live here on the north side of Chicago, weeding. » Continue Reading.