When a few “undesirables” are welcomed into Jesus’ presence, some others begin to grumble. Doesn’t it seem like we should rejoice when God welcomes home one who was lost? That’s what Jesus does for us! A reflection on Luke 15:1-10.
Since nobody wants division to be a part of their family, Jesus' take on family values is startling. But are there some things more important than family? And if so, what? A reflection on Luke 12:49-56, Francis of Assisi, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Pictured: The Cathedral of San Rufino, Assisi.
Our words help us make sense of the world, but faced with something beyond our comprehension, our words can get in the way. Facing tragedy or suffering we cannot understand, the better path is to choose silence first. And when we do speak, let our words be love. A reflection on Luke 9:28-36 and Job 2.
Jesus heads down to a level place to address a crowd filled with rich and poor, the sorrowful and the joyful, the hated and the loved, the hungry and the well-fed. He speaks to folks with unequal wealth, unequal happiness, and unequal esteem. He speaks to a crowd in need of reconciliation - in need of each other. A reflection on Luke 6:17-26.
When God calls Isaiah and Simon into ministry, they both feel profoundly unworthy. Like, does God know who they are? Turns out, God does. And God calls them - for all their frailties - anyway. Vocation isn't becoming someone different; it's God taking who you are, and giving you a new purpose. A reflection on Isaiah 6 and Luke 5.
God’s prophets have a way of announcing truths it would be more convenient to keep at arms length. The truth can make us uncomfortable, even angry, but it can also set us free. As any prophet knows, when you speak the truth about the world as it is, the future fills up with new possibilities. A reflection on Luke 4:21-30.