Assignment

“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10) This concise phrase pops off the page like a prescription for the year ahead as clearly as if a physician had jotted a remedy for the pressing “what-should-I-be-focused-on” dilemma. Not overly complicated, this verse presents the assignment for this next […]

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Glimpses of Glory

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:18 Christ came at Christmastime, tumbling into our world within the arms of Mary and Joseph in that obscure little town of Bethlehem. After the angels heralded Jesus’ long-awaited arrival, the shepherds found him swaddled […]

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Stellar

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house the saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.”  (Matthew 2:10–11) The wise men should make us weep. They come to light in the gospel narrative with their knees bowed, faces to the […]

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Front and Center

“And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word?’” (Luke 4:36) In the weeks leading up to the birthday of the King who holds dominion above all, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions worthy […]

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Heard That Before

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38) Christmas approaches with its delightful merriment, and we extend our arms like eager children waiting to receive the wondrous advent of “peace on earth.” The beauty and brilliance of the Christmas season is […]

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One of Ten

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Luke 17:15-16 All ten men “stood at a distance” waiting for Jesus to enter their town, shouting like prisoners with breakout on their minds: […]

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Front and Center

“And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word?’” (Luke 4:36) In the weeks leading up to the birthday of the King who holds dominion above all majesties, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions […]

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Striving

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Every human being breathes beneath the awning of heaven and is confronted relentlessly with the speech of stars and planets, clouds and wind, searing sunshine and luminescent moonbeams. Rainfall, thunderclaps, and snowstorms declare God as glorious, mighty, brilliant, ordered, and […]

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Inside Out

“For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) David’s songs resonate like water heaving itself across rugged cliffs and plunging hundreds of feet to crash on river rock below; his psalms have the voice of a thousand waterfalls cascading in full force. In the compelling language of Psalm 103, God is beyond […]

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First Call

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 At the outset, before I enter into conversation with another human being, I direct my three-ring-circus thoughts to you. Since you were […]

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