Every Person Counted

“Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3 So he told them this parable: 11b ‘There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father,Continue reading “Every Person Counted”

The Worth of the Fig Tree

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will allContinue reading “The Worth of the Fig Tree”

God’s Co-op

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, theContinue reading “God’s Co-op”

How to Build a New World

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit ofContinue reading “How to Build a New World”

Holy Unhoused Night

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the cityContinue reading “Holy Unhoused Night”

An Embodied Sanctuary

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed areContinue reading “An Embodied Sanctuary”

A Home For All

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;   shout, O Israel!Rejoice and exult with all your heart,   O daughter Jerusalem!The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,   he has turned away your enemies.The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;   you shall fear disaster no more.On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:Do not fear, O Zion;   do notContinue reading “A Home For All”

Named For Abundance

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah afterContinue reading “Named For Abundance”

Homesick

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they willContinue reading “Homesick”