What Are We Prepping For?

Jonah is given the task of converting sinners, the “wicked” people of Nineveh. He walks away from the task feeling no desire nor urgency given their wickedness. He eventually carries it out and the people convert. “But this greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry.” He believed the sinners deserved the wrath of the Lord. … Continue reading “What Are We Prepping For?”

Christ is Not Liberal

Jesus tells disciples, in the “Kingdom of God” caring for the least is caring for him, “Whatever you did for one of the least of mine, you did for me.” Opponents of Jesus will not care for the least and therefore will not care for Christ, “When did we see you hungry or thirsty or … Continue reading “Christ is Not Liberal”

Saying No to Fools and Yes to Christ

Jesus tells a story showing how the “Kingdom of God will be like virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet a bridegroom.” But the bridegroom “was long delayed.” Some, were wise and had brought “flasks of oil.” Others were “foolish” and “brought no oil with them.” The fools demand of the wise, … Continue reading “Saying No to Fools and Yes to Christ”

Being Present To Christ

Jesus uses a parable about a “wedding feast” to describe “the Kingdom of God.” Initially invited guests, representing the kingdom of Israel, refuse to come. The celebration is now open to everyone as servants are told, “Go out into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.” Later, it is discovered one … Continue reading “Being Present To Christ”

Fruit in the Community of God

Jesus tells rulers a parable about the Kingdom of God on earth by describing a farmer who plants a vineyard. He leases its care to tenant farmers who reveal themselves as both greedy and murderous, “This is (the farmer’s) heir. Come let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.” The tenant farmers represent the greedy … Continue reading “Fruit in the Community of God”

Charged With Leadership

Jesus contrasts his Way with the way of rulers. The contrast he highlights in this Sunday’s Gospel goes to leadership. He tells disciples to be “alert,” “prepared,’ and especially, to be “in charge.” Jesus’ leadership is therefore a contrast to rulers who condition subordination in underlings. Leadership is presented as a paramount value in U.S. … Continue reading “Charged With Leadership”

Do We All Want the Same Things?

Filled with Pentecostal Spirit, disciples start enlivening people stifled by the oppressive Roman Empire. They enliven people with Jesus’ “Kingdom of God” – a way of communion, love, and creative healing power. They enliven far and wide among diverse people. However, the disciples and the many diverse people enlivening those stifled by empire are soon … Continue reading “Do We All Want the Same Things?”

Are We Successful Christians?

Sunday’s Gospel or, Good News, and the first reading from Acts of the Apostles are both about Jesus’ new life in the Resurrection. He will be Ascending soon and is encouraging disciples for their new life in the Spirit. “(Y)ou will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my … Continue reading “Are We Successful Christians?”

A Beloved Community

Jesus’ Community of God is a revolutionary endeavor – to relate as equals, to be loving with one another, and to act as the creative healing power we are. Early disciples knew that for them to remain revolutionary amidst empire’s normal and opposite inequality, hatred, and violence they needed Community. Today’s second reading shows how … Continue reading “A Beloved Community”

Christian Revolution

Today’s first reading revolves around an Old Testament deity. He sends Jonah round and round the city of Nineveh announcing the bad news, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” The revolutions of old always turn round and round on dominators who make threats of death and destruction. Today’s Gospel reading revolves around Jesus … Continue reading “Christian Revolution”