#blessed

#blessed

We use the word ‘blessed’ in ways that often means, ‘getting what we want.’ Jesus has a different idea of how we are blessed and where we find blessings. Life, renewal, growth…all these things that blessings bring, are found not by looking out for #1, but by serving. A reflection on Luke 14:7-14.

Keep Quiet...and Love

Keep Quiet...and Love

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.

A Level Playing Field

A Level Playing Field

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.

A New Purpose

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.

The Potency of Truth

The Potency of Truth

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.

Beloved

Beloved

Out of the water Jesus comes, and he hears God calls him "Beloved." If we tune our ears, we can hear God call us the same, in our prayers, in our churches, even in the worst of our days. A reflection on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Baptism.