Category Archives: lectionary

When it’s dangerous to listen

I try to be generous. I try to side with the powerless. I try not to clutch the things I possess. I try to possess few things. But I have a car, and an apartment (though I want a condo), … Continue reading

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Live by the Spirit

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; … Continue reading

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My soul is thirsting

There are so many things that I want, and I wonder – is my soul thirsting for God? Do I long as the deer longs? For someone like me who tends to be too hard on herself, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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The incomprehensibility of forgiveness

“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred day’s wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” … Continue reading

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Rescued every day

If you’re going to change your life, there’s a particular way of doing it. You need to be really sinful, but still of admirable character, and have a dramatic moment that causes you to change the dressing on who you … Continue reading

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Being fed

Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And … Continue reading

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The Spirit will guide you to all truth

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” One of the things I learned quickly … Continue reading

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A strong driving wind

I read the first reading of today’s readings for Pentecost at my Confirmation. I loved the auditory “image” of a sound like a strong driving wind – something swirling into the room that had the power to embolden, to change … Continue reading

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So that they may all be one.

Teaching church history, I always feel a little pang when I get to the part of the story when I have to give this speech: You know how we have been talking about the followers of Jesus as Christians? Well, … Continue reading

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Whoever loves me will keep my word

This weekend’s readings drag us deeper into the details of the acts of the Apostles. My guess is that most of us don’t actually listen to nitty-gritty of these passages, and walk away vaguely remembering something about Paul and Barnabas … Continue reading

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