Category : Scripture

Written on Mar, 16, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Shame is insidious. It twists and distorts my heart, my relationships with God and neighbor. The great challenge in overcoming shame is that it rarely travels along a clean, straight line. Rather shame mixes everything together, it’s a jumble of sharp edges that cut and dull edges that bludgeon.

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Written on Mar, 15, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Isaiah’s warning to Jerusalem and the divisions in the human family that result from Babel are all still applicable today. We are all of us just as prone to make false promises in a vain attempt to subvert the will of God.

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Written on Mar, 14, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Eager to help us though He is, God will not help us against our will. God will not impose His grace on us. Immediately after these verses God says “let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.”

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Written on Mar, 13, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Fidelity to God means that I must take seriously the example of God. I must not artificially limit God’s revelation of Himself to only those aspects I find pleasing. I must resist the temptation to create an idol by cannibalizing Scripture. 

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Written on Mar, 12, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

We don’t have to live with a divided heart. We don’t have to be at war with each other because we don’t have to be at war with ourselves. In Christ, we can find forgiveness and wholeness of being. Communion with Christ brings communion with each other because it heals the divisions of the human heart.

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Written on Mar, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

From the Cross, He looks at the Apostle who betrays Him, the faces of the disciples who abandon and deny Him, the Jewish officials who try Him, and the Roman who mock, beat, condemn and crucify Him and without reservation forgives.

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Written on Mar, 09, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Just as a “dishonest scale” can undermine the trust between buyer and seller, the evil imaginations of the human heart–of my heart–have the potential to tear apart the human community. “He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,” and it is this that is the root of all human violence. Even if I never lift my hand against him, in my heart I kill my neighbor I hold him in contempt.

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Written on Mar, 08, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Obedience doesn’t guarantee the absence of conflict. All of today’s readings–to say nothing of centuries of Christian history–make this clear. What obedience does bring is peace in the midst of the unavoidable conflict we will encounter on the way to the Kingdom of God.

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Written on Mar, 07, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The problem is that I’ve flipped the script. I value worldly success as an end in itself. My love of worldly success is so deeply rooted, I even think of my spiritual life in worldly terms. How long I pray and how strictly I fast; how many good deeds have I done or how well do I know Scripture or the fathers.

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Written on Mar, 07, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

We aren’t passive participants in our own lives. This isn’t what God wills for us and it isn’t what He asks from us. I am a partner with God in my own life. A junior partner to be sure but a partner at the same.

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