Dandelion Living

5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals   and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord.6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited saltContinue reading “Dandelion Living”

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”

Wise Travelers on a Wild Path

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this,Continue reading “Wise Travelers on a Wild Path”

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”

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”

The Reign of Christ

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you overContinue reading “The Reign of Christ”

Once and For All

24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after yearContinue reading “Once and For All”

Changed By a Wild God

Then Job answered the Lord:2 ‘I know that you can do all things,   and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.3 “Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?”Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,   things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.4 “Hear, and I will speak;   I will question you, andContinue reading “Changed By a Wild God”

The Blessing of Disillusionment

“Then Job answered:2 ‘Today also my complaint is bitter;his hand is heavy despite my groaning.3 O that I knew where I might find him,that I might come even to his dwelling!4 I would lay my case before him,and fill my mouth with arguments.5 I would learn what he would answer me,and understand what he wouldContinue reading “The Blessing of Disillusionment”

The Interconnectedness of Our Liberation

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evilContinue reading “The Interconnectedness of Our Liberation”