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.

The Healing of All Flesh

The Healing of All Flesh

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.