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Joy to the World

Today's Readings Jesus never promised that it would be easy to follow His commandments. In fact, a brief glance at the first reading for...

Self-Righteous Sheep

Today's Readings In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus’ followers being referred to as sheep. Christians are used to this kind of biblical...

Do You Love Me?

The Gospel for today is packed with such rich imagery. From Peter leaping out of the boat into the sea to run to Jesus on the shore, to...

Are We an Easter People?

Today’s Readings I have a deep and abiding love of color coding. Well, any sort of organization, but especially that which allows me to...

Jesus Who Sees Me

Today's Readings One of the greatest joys of my life has been ministering with God’s people. From Philadelphia and D.C. to Houston and...

Heart Journey

Today's Readings “Crucify him! Crucify him!” When I was young, I attended Catholic grade school in Chicago. For the most part, I really...

Enter into the Mystery

Today's Readings I got my love of reading from my mom. Growing up each night before bed, we would read together. Usually for about 30...

Seek the Joy in the Desert

Today's Readings Our world feels broken. The brokenness across the globe - the weight of the pandemic, of increasing prices, war across...

Giving Up Manna

Today's Readings I wonder what manna tastes like. Did it start off as deeply satisfying, as if nothing could ever taste as good? How...

In Ash and Flame

Today's Readings I have vivid memories of hearing the story of Moses and the burning bush as a child. I always pictured this green bush...

Desert Days

Today's Readings I can still picture them in the front row of the second-floor theater - the simple blackbox space of the local community...

Where Are the Beams

Today's Readings Jesus often strikes me as someone with a flair for the dramatics. I always enjoy the way Jesus uses extravagant...

The Golden Rule

Today's Reading Treat others the way you want to be treated. These words, a common refrain from parents and teachers of young children,...

Blessed Are You, My Galentine!

Today's Readings This week, we encounter Luke’s shorter version of the Beatitudes. Here, we find ourselves “hashtag blessed,” though, not...

Soaking Up Love

Today's Readings This week has the most popular scripture passage for weddings! “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous, it is...

He Has Come to Bring Freedom

Today's Readings “This scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” These words from Jesus Christ are the start of His active ministry and...

Weddings, Friendships, and Ritual

Today's Readings This weekend I have the honor of officiating my best friend's wedding. We have been friends our whole lives and being...

Star, Witness, Renewal

Today's Readings I have been fascinated with stars since I was young. Why do they twinkle? Why do we wish on the first star of the...