As the darkness descends and a storm of trouble blows up, Jesus says, “Now the Son of Man is glorified.” Why? Because in the darkness, love shines brighter. A reflection on John 13:31-35.
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.
We wait to see the salvation of all flesh, that is, the healing of us, our neighbors, our families, and all creation. This is the hope toward which Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Luke point us. While we wait, our job is to cut a path so that God's healing might more easily reach us. A reflection on Luke 3:1-6.