Entrusted with Being Alive

Jesus tells a story of people entrusted with a man’s livelihood. The man is going on a journey and entrusts to three people, in particular, money of varying amounts. Two put it to good use. When the man returns, they give back what they had been entrusted with and so much more. But the third … Continue reading “Entrusted with Being Alive”

Christian Is An Action Verb

Jesus’ opening teaching in the Sermon on the Mount is referred to as The Beatitudes. They are the Gospel reading commemorating the active witness of every saint on every All Saints Feast Day. Given the active witness of saints, it is therefore at least odd that the Beatitudes are inaccurately translated into the passive voice, … Continue reading “Christian Is An Action Verb”

What is Being Asked of Us?

Jesus tells a parable to “the chief priests” about the “Kingdom of God,” symbolized as a vineyard. Two sons are asked to “go out and work in the vineyard.” Jesus likens the priests to one son who says “Yes,” to the work, but then does not do it. Jesus likens the other son, who says … Continue reading “What is Being Asked of Us?”

The Old and The New

Jesus has been telling people terrorized by Empire, both David’s and Caesar’s, parables about the Community of God. The Community of God is surprising, joyful, fulfilling; described as a treasure, a fine pearl, a net. Upon concluding all the parables Jesus says, “Every scribe who has been instructed in the Community of God is like … Continue reading “The Old and The New”

Decorating Our Memories

The disciples were “all in one place together” when “tongues as of fire, parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak… as the Spirit enabled them.” They went out among people gathered together from all parts of the world, and … Continue reading “Decorating Our Memories”

Christian Imperialism

The Acts of the Apostles describe early efforts of some disciples to share Jesus’ Way. These include “Peter and John,” and also “Philip.” Each set out to love as Christ loved and thus “proclaimed the Christ” to people and healed people afflicted and orphaned; in their own land and in other lands such as “Samaria.” … Continue reading “Christian Imperialism”

The Bully Pulpit

In Sunday’s readings from Peter, we are told, “If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God.” Are we to be patient when the suffering is intentionally inflicted and repeatedly so? That’s what bullying is and Jesus was never patient about people suffering under bullies. In … Continue reading “The Bully Pulpit”

A Man Commended to You By God

After Jesus’ death, Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles, is making the case for Jesus. Peter asserts “Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs.” But Peter unfortunately goes on to link the commendable man Jesus with the lamentable ruler David, “the patriarch David… died … Continue reading “A Man Commended to You By God”

The Point of Our View

When Jesus was passing through Jericho, “he looked up” and saw Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus had “climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus.” Zacchaeus had to change his point of view in order to see Jesus, to encounter him. He could not do so from his original point of view, it rendered him short-sighted. His short-sighted point … Continue reading “The Point of Our View”

Faith in Climate Change

While addressing the importance of persisting in faith, Jesus tells the story of a widow. She has strong faith in her position against an “adversary” in a corrupt system harming her. The judge deciding her case is corrupt, reflecting the corrupt system. Even so, she is unrelenting in petitioning the judge for fairness, “Render a … Continue reading “Faith in Climate Change”